Nature Alphabet and Number Line
The weather has finally starting looking, and feeling like spring so I have been taking my classes outside more. Today we did a really simple, but fun, outdoor education activity. I wrote the numbers 1-20 in dirt outside our playground. Since I teach different groups, I also scratched the alphabet into the dirt for my second group.
Once we were outside, I gave every child a cup for them to fill with materials they find in nature. We then went on a nature walk around our school and looked for interesting items to use.
Once everyone had a full cup, we headed back to our letters and numbers. I assigned a letter to every child and they were responsible for recreating/tracing over their letter with their materials from nature.
Some students used stones, others used pinecones and sticks. I loved the variety of materials that were used. It was a true nature number line and alphabet!
This activity is a creative, hands-on way for children to practice printing, and forming, their numbers and letters. I love bringing children outside to learn and they are excited to spend the time doing outdoor education. Even during a camping trip, a trip to the beach, or a hike through the forest, this activity is a great way to practice number and letter skills – while making it fun.