Outdoor Activities for Children with Free Seven-Day Planner

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Prepare fun and engaging educational outdoor activities and nature-based experiences for your children. Now sure where to start? Use our seven-day outdoor learning pre-filled planner to get inspired!

Do we have to make every experience outdoors “educational”? We really do not.

The most valuable advantages children receive as a result of spending time in nature are exercise, a dose of fresh air, being able to experience a sense of freedom, and learning spontaneous risk assessment.

However, the question is: “Is a standard classroom setting the most ultimate and effective environment for children’s intentional learning to occur?”

A girl stucking up rocks outdoors

In my personal experience, implementing learning activities that children would normally acquire in the classroom outdoors can be very effective, fun and beneficial for mental health for the child and for the educator.

I and my husband are homeschoolers by choice (it’s a new term I never thought I’d need to use).

Going hiking, exploring national parks and venturing outdoors using any chance we get is something we often do as a family. I also take my children to do intentional learning in nature on a regular basis.

Here is what one day of nature schooling looks like with my three children.

I am not a biologist, and chances are, many children aren’t going to be either. So making learning naturalistic is not going to fit every child’s interest and call to their intrinsic motivation.

Hence, I aim to make it broader and touch on various curriculum subjects. I also heavily rely on children to show me the direction I should lead them.

I plan and prepare for three activities and leave the rest up to them to decide.

1. Drawing from observation. I normally take watercolors. Pencils, pens and crayons are an obvious choice too. We settle in one place, each takes a turn to tell me what they observe and we aim to pick the most interesting details to include in the painting.

The best way to engage children is to join them as well, however, I find it harder to assist them in case they need my help if I do. The most appealing part is that children of different ages can participate and enjoy it equally as much.

A girl making a drawing of a pond outdoors

2. Weaving. Prepare a weaving frame in advance at home or make one on a go. We use four solid sticks and string to make one. It’s a great opportunity to teach older children to make knots.

Then children are invited to search for nature objects to weave into the frame. Bring it home with you. It will make a beautiful piece of decoration. Children can add new items to it in the future.

A girl weaving leaves into a weaving frame outdoors

3. Leaf prints. If we already have paints with us, it only makes sense to work on another art activity.

On this particular day, I had something completely different planned. This painting activity was initiated by my son, he had it all going so I went with the flow.

This activity suits the youngest children best. If you wish to give it a go, invite the child to collect a few different leaf shapes, paint them and make prints on paper.

A boy painting leaves outdoors

Most likely, if asked, every person will admit to enjoying spending time in nature. Our mind and body equally feel refreshed and get a great boost of energy after venturing outdoors.

However, when we decide to take learning outdoors, we can get stuck trying to imagine what it might look like and where to start. People are mostly accustomed to thinking that learning happens within four walls. Today educators and parents are actively shifting this perception and frankly, they are doing an amazing job!

Pin post with free outdoor activity planner

We start seeing schools opening their classrooms for students to spend more time in the fresh air, we see homeschool coops taking their children outdoors and allowing them to get their hands dirty with glorious mud.

My daughter has attended Natureweavers Forest School in Australia. Based on what she told me about her adventures with Carly, I can confidently say that those days have become some of the most fulfilling days of her childhood.

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Now all my children get a fresh dose of vitamin N practically on daily bases enjoying free play and discovery. As I mentioned earlier, we also regularly go to do homeschool learning out in nature.

And I have to admit, it is not always easy to come up with engaging hands-on ideas children would enjoy doing outdoors that complement and extend their learning about the outside world.

I’ve got a solution I hope will make educators’ and parents’ task of taking learning in nature a lot easier – my seven-day planner with outdoor explorations.

I thought of three activities a day you can plan and prepare to do with your students in nature. These are fun and brush up on a few curriculum subjects. I invite you to download the outdoor activity planner from the Subscriber Library.

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Nature Curriculum in Cards Ever Growing Bundle

Nature Curriculum in Cards is an ever-growing bundle with resources that cover major Botany, Zoology, and Geography subjects, plus also includes Nature-Themed Early Learning resources.

This bundle contains 50 Nature Curriculum in Cards printables at a discounted price. Click here to see the whole list of resources included.

860+ pages in total

The Nature Curriculum in Cards series is designed to minimize the cost, the use of materials and resources such as paper and laminating sheets. You do not have to cut out individual control cards and definition cards.

Use the pages with control cards and description cards as work mats. This allows teachers and parents to save time and effort when preparing hands-on learning activities for their students.

Each printable may contain:

– a work mat with control cards

– a work mat with description cards

– a set of picture and label cards (matching photograph or clip art cards)

– student printouts for practicing handwriting with the black and white version of the same photographs or with clip art for coloring. You get an option of choosing printouts with print, cursive tracing fonts, or blank for independent writing;

Pre-K and K students can be invited to work with a set for matching and sorting.

Primary students can use a work mat with control cards as the self-assessment sheet. Beginner readers can use it to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.

Lower Elementary Students can use a work mat with definition card

s. Invite the student to read a definition and find matching picture and label cards. Invite them to use the first work mat with control cards for self-assessment.

Laminate and store all learning activity mats in one binder. Store the picture cards, label cards, and student printouts in a clear pocket following each work mat activity.

Attach clear velcro dots to the back of the cards for younger students or when doing activities outdoors.

Alternatively, you may decide to cut out control and description cards and store 3-part cards in a traditional Montessori way.

Please refer to an individual printable description to learn about the content of each printable.

The printable set is suitable for children aged 3-8

This is a growing bundle, meaning that the price will increase for every resource that I add. The earlier you buy, the more you get for free!

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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