St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

Outdoor Learning at Home

Maybe if you’re in the garden, going for a local walk or exploring a local outdoor area, here are some ideas that you might like to try with your children. The activities are split into 3 age and ability bands, please pick and choose which suits your child best.

Remember to stay distanced from other members of the public and always wash your hands for 20 seconds when you come home.
 

I hope you've enjoyed exploring the outdoors and trying out some different activities. I'll be putting together an outdoor learning activity planner for the summer holidays. In the mean time, if you've enjoyed any specific actitivities, please send me pictures and any comments or feedback is welcomed! Mrs Llewellyn (Katy.Llewellyn@st-john.lincs.sch.uk).

29th June 2020

 

 

Young outdoor explorers

Growing outdoor explorers

Expert outdoor explorers

Garden Fun

Worm Charming: How many worms can you charm out of the ground? No digging allowed! Have a look at this activity sheet for hints and tips.

 

Tweet Treats: To help find out what birds visit your garden, provide some bird food. It will encourage those birds to stay and more to visit. You can buy bird feeders from the shops, but why not make your own? All you need is some bird seed, some lard, pipe cleaners or string – or make one from pine cones you’ve collected. You can always thread cheerios on to a pipe cleaner and twist it into a circle. The birds love it!

Rainbow Wind Chimes: Collect 5 - 7 sticks of varying lengths to create a colourful wind chime. Use these instructions to help you.

Going for a Walk

Maths Trail Cards: Challenge the children to find a different number of objects. E.g., find 2 plant pots, find 3 leaves… You could use this sheet to help you.

Tiny Beastie Tally Trail: There are tiny critters everywhere! Next time you go for a walk, take a notebook and a pencil and keep a tally mark record of all the creatures you spot. Ants, bees, beetles, flies. Look closely under the leaves of any plants – you might see a caterpillar!

Exploring the Outdoors

Playdough leaf prints: Collect a selection of leaves from your garden or when you are out on a walk. Flatten out a handful of playdough and show the children how to carefully press the leaf into the playdough. Observe the pattern on the leaf’s veins and compare with other leaves. Are the patterns the same?

 

Birdy Surveys: Bird watching is a fun, free activity. It requires no specialist equipment, just patience and clothing suitable to the season. Use this survey sheet to keep a record of what you see. Why not use your Bushcraft skills to build a bird hide to keep yourself hidden!

 

Tree Workout: The ultimate green warm up using trees for exercise!

  1. Warm up with some arm swinging and brisk walking
  2. Find 2 trees – run between them, touching each one, 10 times.
  3. Find a big tree and put your hands on it at about shoulder level. Do 10 press ups against the trunk, keeping your legs straight.
  4. Face a tree, leaning your hands on it. Curl up one foot behind you while keeping the other leg straight. Repeat 10 times with each leg.
  5. Now lift one leg in front of you, bending your knee. 10 times on each leg.
  6. Jump as high as you can and touch the trunk - how high can you reach? Repeat 10 times.

 

 

22nd June 2020

 

Young outdoor explorers

Growing outdoor explorers

Expert outdoor explorers

Garden Fun

Animal Movements: It’s time to pretend to be different animals! Think how different animals might move. Play on your own or with a member of your family. Pick a card and read it aloud and act it out. Or you could play it like charades and your partner has to guess what animal you are from your movements.

 

Scavenger Hunt: Use thissheet as a starting point for descriptive ideas to scavenge for. Discuss how a lot of the words they are searching for are adjectives (describing words). You could do this activity indoors as well as outdoors if you wished.

Green High Five: Give the soil a high five and sow some seeds in the indent for some real green fingers!

Use this sheet for the instructions.

Going for a Walk

Plant and Flower hunt: When you go for a walk, take this sheet with you to look for different plants and flowers. How many can you find?

 

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt: Go on the search for a specific bird, plant or insect. How many can you find? Use this sheet to inspire you.

Exploring the Outdoors

Leaf necklace: When you are out exploring, collect a beautiful selection of leaves with your parent’s guidance as some leaves can sting, have spiky edges or can irritate your skin.

  1. Cut string long enough to be a necklace and tie a small stick to the end to act as a needle.
  2. Holepunch holes in the leaves.
  3. Thread the string through the holes in the leaves.
  4. Tie a knot so the leaves don’t fall off the necklace.
  5. Wear the necklace.

Let’s go fly a kite:

Find two sticks, one longer than the other and use some string to tie them together in a cross. Cut some paper in a kite shape large enough to cover the sticks. Then use tape to attach it. Tie some string and then hope for a windy day to take it out to a local large outdoor space to run around and hope it flies!!

Natural Mandala: A mandala is a geometric pattern, try to create a pattern picture out of natural resources that you find. Maybe leave it in a woodland or a park for someone else to enjoy. You may inspire them to have a go themselves!

   

   

 

15th of June 2020

 

Young outdoor explorers

Growing outdoor explorers

Expert outdoor explorers

Garden Fun

Nature crowns: Collect a range of interesting and different natural resources from your garden or from a local walk. Use glue or tape to stick the natural resources to a band of paper/card to make a natural crown.

Nature’s Paintbrushes: Collect sticks and use string or elastic bands to attach leaves, grasses or flowers to create some natural patterns. Explore different colours, the patterns and shapes they make and create an abstract work of art

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Create a Critter: Let your imagination run wild and invent a new creature particularly adapted to a certain spot outdoors or even in your house. Create the creature out of clay, play dough, loose parts - whatever you have to hand! How does it eat? Where does it sleep? How does it defend itself?

Going for a Walk

Rainbow hunt: When you go for a walk, take a sheet like this with you and with double sided sticky tape in rows or in the shape of a rainbow. Discuss the names of colours, shapes of items and textures. Collect a natural rainbow!

 

Puddle Potential: How can you study a puddle? How deep is it? Can you build a bridge to cross it? What floats? What sinks? Can you make ripples in the water? Is the puddle there the next day? Why/why not?

Exploring the Outdoors

Sink and Float: Use natural resources (sticks, rocks, flowers) that you find in your garden and test out if they float or sink in a tray/bowl of water. Ask if they can predict what they think might happen and see if they can explain why they think that. Always supervise children near water.

Felt tip pen leaf colouring:

Choose a selection of leaves from your garden or from a walk you’ve been on and use felt tip pens to colour the underside of the leaf, then press it on to a piece of paper and the colours should be transferred onto the paper in a print and you can see all the veins inside the leaf.

Tipi for Teddy: Can you make a simple shelter for teddy and friends indoors or out?

 

 

8th of June 2020

 

 

Young outdoor explorers

Growing outdoor explorers

Expert outdoor explorers

Garden Fun

Nesting Season: Our feathered friends have been building nests to lay their eggs and raise their young in. How good are you at building one using loose materials indoors or out? Remember birds don’t have hands – can you build a nest using tweezers!?

Potions and Pies: Play around with potions and perfumes. Collect a range of smelly petals, herbs and other leaves and put them in an old yoghurt pot, bowl or saucepan. Add warm water, mix, and sniff! Stuck indoors, then try out spice rack combinations!

Wormery: Make your own wormery.

 

Follow this link for a set of basic instructions!

 

Going for a Walk

Hole punch flower holders: Use some cardboard (old amazon packaging is perfect), cut it into a shape and punch holes in it, large enough that stems of flowers or leaves can go through. On a walk, ask the children to collect flowers/leaves to use their fine motor skills to thread the stems through the holes. Discuss and observe the differences and why they’ve chosen that one.

Journey sticks: When you go for a walk, find a stick and tie some string/wool/twine to it at the top. You can also use double sided sticky tape. Then as you walk, if you find anything interesting, wrap the string around it to hold it tight against the stick. Then recall everything you saw and in order when you get home. Can you use conjunctions like first of all, next, after that and finally.

 

Exploring the Outdoors

Touch a Texture: Indoors or out use an old egg box or similar and collect small samples of materials. Describe how each one feels. Try setting specific textures that your little ones must try to match and bring back to you as fast as they can! E.g., find something rough/soft/smooth/hard/shiny.

Cloud Gazing: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a giant marshmallow monster eating a bowlful of squirty cream! Lie down outside or look from a window and enjoy cloud land. Encourage them to be as descriptive as they can. Enjoy listening to their imaginations!

Leaf Bashing Art: Find some leaves or petals, pieces of cotton/linen sheet/kitchen roll and a rolling pin or mallet. Create a pattern with the leaves on one sheet and cover with another. Pound it to release the natural pigments into the sheet to a fab effect!