We had another beautiful day for outdoor education! I always try to switch up the centres that I use and I try to have at least 5 options for kids to choose from. These are just some of the outdoor classroom ideas that I used today. Since I provide prep coverage for 4 different classes (preschool/kindergarten), I have to have centres that are easy to set up and will last through over 100 kids.
The first centre that I set up included microscopes with prepared slides. The microscopes are not the best quality, which makes them prefect for outside and for an introduction to microscopes for kids. Since there ended up being a lot of children drawn to this centre, I will build on their interest and get out our school microscopes in the future – I can’t wait!
I also set out a centre with wood slices, gems, googly eyes, leaves and pebbles. I encouraged children to create a face using the materials, or any other materials that they could find outside. We ended up with some beautiful creations. The googly eyes add a fun feature to the natural faces, but some students just used stones and even dirt!
I decided to set up a quiet reading corner outside today. I have not done this centre before and did not anticipate how busy it ended up being. A few students spent their entire outdoor learning period at this centre. They loved the big books and the lift the flap books that I also set out. It made my day how popular this centre was!
Another centre that I set out for students was a sensory/art centre. I placed bags filled with paint as well as water beads out for students to squish and mix the paints within the bags. I later attached these bags to our plexi glass easel, but it worked well on the ground as well. If you run some outdoor learning activities, I would love to hear about them!