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Articles by educators of young children, and ideas for teaching and learning in the great outdoors.

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The world is a place of wonders! Children enjoy sensory experiences with a delight seldom matched by adults. Early childhood educators emphasize that “young children learn with their whole body” but do children have enough opportunities to use all their senses actively? Teachers need to plan opportunities for sensory exploration intentionally, both indoors and out. Tap through to read the full article.

Awakening the Senses: Connecting Children to the Wonder of Nature

The world is a place of wonders! Children enjoy sensory experiences with a delight seldom matched by adults. Early childhood educators emphasize that “young children learn with their whole body” but do children have enough opportunities to use all their senses actively? Teachers need to plan opportunities for sensory exploration intentionally, both indoors and out. Tap through to read the full article.

So much has been written in the past few years about the benefits of nature play, and its place in early childhood education. As someone who works in nature-based early childhood education, it is thrilling to see this increasing documentation of the value of a nature-and-play-based approach to children’s learning. What has been less examined, however, is whether or not the benefits of nature play last beyond early childhood. And if they do, how? Tap through to read the full article.

Life After Nature Preschool: Exploring the Long Term Effects of Nature-Based Education

So much has been written in the past few years about the benefits of nature play, and its place in early childhood education. As someone who works in nature-based early childhood education, it is thrilling to see this increasing documentation of the value of a nature-and-play-based approach to children’s learning. What has been less examined, however, is whether or not the benefits of nature play last beyond early childhood. And if they do, how? Tap through to read the full article.

 Myers’ Kindergarten: Creating Our Barefoot Sensory Path an… – natural playground ideas Outdoor Learning Spaces, Kids Outdoor Play, Outdoor Play Areas, Backyard Play, Kids Play Area, Backyard For Kids, Toddler Playground, Natural Playground, Outdoor Playground

Creating Our Barefoot Sensory Path and the Importance of Outdoor Play

Our school has an Outdoor Learning Committee that I am a part of. We all feel very strongly that the environment where the children play outside is just as important as the environment inside our school. We have worked hard to make our playground an area where the kids can run, exercise explore and yes...learn! Outside play plays an important role in children's development! They are working gross motor muscles and getting must needed exercise. They learn how to solve problems such as when…

Inquiring Minds: Mrs. Myers' Kindergarten: Creating Our Barefoot Sensory Path and the Importance of Outdoor Play

Creating Our Barefoot Sensory Path and the Importance of Outdoor Play

Our school has an Outdoor Learning Committee that I am a part of. We all feel very strongly that the environment where the children play outside is just as important as the environment inside our school. We have worked hard to make our playground an area where the kids can run, exercise explore and yes...learn! Outside play plays an important role in children's development! They are working gross motor muscles and getting must needed exercise. They learn how to solve problems such as when…

Transform your outdoor space with our largest set of Outlast Blocks, 3 Crates, and a sturdy Wheelbarrow all packed in a waterproof, wooden storage shed. Outlast Blocks are a natural part of the outdoor classroom and a perfect way to engage children in constructive play. Click through to see the details.

Large Outlast Set: Storage and blocks for the Outdoor Classroom

Transform your outdoor space with our largest set of Outlast Blocks, 3 Crates, and a sturdy Wheelbarrow all packed in a waterproof, wooden storage shed. Outlast Blocks are a natural part of the outdoor classroom and a perfect way to engage children in constructive play. Click through to see the details.

The world is a place of wonders! Children enjoy sensory experiences with a delight seldom matched by adults. Early childhood educators emphasize that “young children learn with their whole body” but do children have enough opportunities to use all their senses actively? Teachers need to plan opportunities for sensory exploration intentionally, both indoors and out. Tap through to read the full article.

Awakening the Senses: Connecting Children to the Wonder of Nature

The world is a place of wonders! Children enjoy sensory experiences with a delight seldom matched by adults. Early childhood educators emphasize that “young children learn with their whole body” but do children have enough opportunities to use all their senses actively? Teachers need to plan opportunities for sensory exploration intentionally, both indoors and out. Tap through to read the full article.

Transform your outdoor space with our largest set of Outlast Blocks, 3 Crates, and a sturdy Wheelbarrow all packed in a waterproof, wooden storage shed. Outlast Blocks are a natural part of the outdoor classroom and a perfect way to engage children in constructive play. Tap through to see the details.

The Large Outlast Set: Blocks and storage for the Preschool playground

Transform your outdoor space with our largest set of Outlast Blocks, 3 Crates, and a sturdy Wheelbarrow all packed in a waterproof, wooden storage shed. Outlast Blocks are a natural part of the outdoor classroom and a perfect way to engage children in constructive play. Tap through to see the details.

Regular time outdoors in nature is one time-tested way to fuel creativity. Nature effectively invites the hands-on, messy play that nourishes children’s creative problem-solving while also providing encounters with real challenges to remedy. Natural outdoor classrooms are creative laboratories for children to learn effectively in ways that are compatible with human evolution and the latest brain research. Tap through to read the full article.

Laboratory for Learning: The Power of Outdoor Classrooms to Fuel Creativity

Regular time outdoors in nature is one time-tested way to fuel creativity. Nature effectively invites the hands-on, messy play that nourishes children’s creative problem-solving while also providing encounters with real challenges to remedy. Natural outdoor classrooms are creative laboratories for children to learn effectively in ways that are compatible with human evolution and the latest brain research. Tap through to read the full article.

Have you ever used a tree as an easel? – Teach Preschool

Have you ever used a tree as an easel?

If you haven't ever used a tree as an easel, then let me show you why you might want to consider giving it a try. Yesterday, I wrote about how the children explored their very own trees. As a part of their exploration, I invited the children to paint on their trees.

“Dirty” is a Compliment – Without Windows

“Dirty” is a Compliment

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on a big pile of mulch with one of my students just watching the clouds go by. Without any prompting, she turned to me and said, “I’m a dirty robot.̶…

A thoughtful, informative piece by an ECE educator, about the benefits of nature experiences for child development, and the educator's role in creating those experiences for children. Tap through to read.

Laying the Groundwork for Life: Creating Nature Experiences for Children

A thoughtful, informative piece by an ECE educator, about the benefits of nature experiences for child development, and the educator's role in creating those experiences for children. Tap through to read.

An excerpt from the book "Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children" by Sara Starbuck, Marla Olthof, and Karen Midden. Tap through to read. Find the book here: redleafpress.org/Gardening-with-Young-Children-Second-Edition-of-Hollyhocks-and-Honeybees-P1070.aspx

Why Garden? The benefits of gardening with young children.

An excerpt from the book "Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children" by Sara Starbuck, Marla Olthof, and Karen Midden. Tap through to read. Find the book here: redleafpress.org/Gardening-with-Young-Children-Second-Edition-of-Hollyhocks-and-Honeybees-P1070.aspx

DIY Blocks! So Easy! - Fairy Dust Teaching Play Based Learning, Kids Learning, Fairy Dust Teaching, Experiential Learning, First Grade Classroom, Teaching Tools, Kindergarten, Easy, Investigations

DIY Blocks! So Easy!

When I made the move up in grades from PreK to First grade, I was a little taken aback that blocks would not be an item that was provided by the district I worked for at the time. I cannot use the word shocked as that would be exaggerating, but I was definitely bummed. Blocks can provide an avenue to meet so many required standards that I cannot fathom how they are not valued past Kindergarten as a teaching tool. However, I was determined as ever to use blocks in my first grade classroom and…

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Garden ABC Letter Hunt - Fantastic Fun & Learning

Garden ABC Hunt....fun letter activity for toddlers and preschoolers #alphabet #ABCs #preschool #kindergarten

Creating Your Own Outdoor Classroom - Fantastic Fun & Learning Setting up your Outdoor Classroom. Tips for creating an outdoor learning space for preschoolers Outdoor Education, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Physical Education, Physical Environment, Waldorf Education, Early Education, Forest School Activities, Nature Activities, Outdoor Preschool Activities

Creating Your Own Outdoor Classroom - Fantastic Fun & Learning

Tips for creating your own outdoor classroom full of ideas for making the most out of your outdoor learning space for preschoolers.

Helpful, practical tips for starting a small garden in your toddler or preschool playground. Tap through to read the article.

Gardening with Young Children: Taking time to notice the wonder of growing things

Helpful, practical tips for starting a small garden in your toddler or preschool playground. Tap through to read the article.