Outdoor Learning

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

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Are you starting a garden in your toddler or preschool playground? Outlast Platforms make perfect mini-garden boxes when flipped over and filled with soil. Great for child-friendly gardening, these weatherproof wooden planters will never rot, even when zealously overwatered. Like all Community Playthings products, Outlast platforms come with a 10 year warranty. Tap through for details.

Start container gardening with Outlast Toddler Platforms

Are you starting a garden in your toddler or preschool playground? Outlast Platforms make perfect mini-garden boxes when flipped over and filled with soil. Great for child-friendly gardening, these weatherproof wooden planters will never rot, even when zealously overwatered. Like all Community Playthings products, Outlast platforms come with a 10 year warranty. Tap through for details.

Designed to encourage constructive play and child-directed discovery in outdoor play spaces, Outlast blocks are extremely versatile and can support many outdoor learning-rich activities, from large construction to dramatic play. Tap through to see the buying options and more details. To learn how to use Outlast Blocks for teaching, get the Guide: communityplaythings.com/resources/Literature/Outlast-Activity-Guide

Outlast Blocks for young engineers

Designed to encourage constructive play and child-directed discovery in outdoor play spaces, Outlast blocks are extremely versatile and can support many outdoor learning-rich activities, from large construction to dramatic play. Tap through to see the buying options and more details. To learn how to use Outlast Blocks for teaching, get the Guide: communityplaythings.com/resources/Literature/Outlast-Activity-Guide

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.

Designed to encourage constructive play and child-directed discovery, Outlast blocks can support many outdoor activities, from large construction to dramatic play, and can even be incorporated into an outdoor Story Time! Tap through to see the buying options and more details. To learn how to use Outlast Blocks for teaching, get the Guide: communityplaythings.com/resources/Literature/Outlast-Activity-Guide

Outlast Blocks: great for any outdoor learning space

Designed to encourage constructive play and child-directed discovery, Outlast blocks can support many outdoor activities, from large construction to dramatic play, and can even be incorporated into an outdoor Story Time! Tap through to see the buying options and more details. To learn how to use Outlast Blocks for teaching, get the Guide: communityplaythings.com/resources/Literature/Outlast-Activity-Guide

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

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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

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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.

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Learn with Outlast Blocks: A guide for ECE professionals by Ellen Veselack and Eric M. Nelson

As educators we are often asked about kindergarten readiness by nervous parents, looking to give their children the best in an early childhood program. It is important that parents understand the vast amount of learning that is available when children are connected to nature. Young children learn primarily through their senses. The natural world, with its constantly changing and stimulating elements, provides the ultimate sensory learning environment. Tap through to read the full article.

Natural Sensory Learning

As educators we are often asked about kindergarten readiness by nervous parents, looking to give their children the best in an early childhood program. It is important that parents understand the vast amount of learning that is available when children are connected to nature. Young children learn primarily through their senses. The natural world, with its constantly changing and stimulating elements, provides the ultimate sensory learning environment. Tap through to read the full article.

Are you starting a garden in your toddler or preschool playground? Outlast Platforms make perfect mini-garden boxes when flipped over and filled with soil. Great for child-friendly gardening, these weatherproof wooden planters will never rot, even filled with soil and zealously watered. Like all Community Playthings products, Outlast platforms come with a 10 year warranty. Tap through for details.

Make a container garden with Outlast Toddler Platforms

Are you starting a garden in your toddler or preschool playground? Outlast Platforms make perfect mini-garden boxes when flipped over and filled with soil. Great for child-friendly gardening, these weatherproof wooden planters will never rot, even filled with soil and zealously watered. Like all Community Playthings products, Outlast platforms come with a 10 year warranty. Tap through for details.

The beauty of the Project Approach is that students can enter into learning through a wide range of experiences. There is no “one size fits all” or one right answer. At our school, children ages three through fourteen work on projects that can last a few days to a few months, or even longer. We use the Project Approach for every school-wide theme we study. ...Tap through to read the full article.

The Project Approach: Using Schoolyard Ecology to Support Student Learning

The beauty of the Project Approach is that students can enter into learning through a wide range of experiences. There is no “one size fits all” or one right answer. At our school, children ages three through fourteen work on projects that can last a few days to a few months, or even longer. We use the Project Approach for every school-wide theme we study. ...Tap through to read the full article.

Play and the outdoors uniquely contribute to learning in young children. Therefore, it is critical to look at the entire child care environment where children learn, play, and grow. This includes not only the classroom inside, but also the outdoor space, and the world of learning opportunities waiting outdoors. Tap through to read the full article.

Making the Most of Outdoor Time with Preschool Children

Play and the outdoors uniquely contribute to learning in young children. Therefore, it is critical to look at the entire child care environment where children learn, play, and grow. This includes not only the classroom inside, but also the outdoor space, and the world of learning opportunities waiting outdoors. Tap through to read the full article.

Tap through to read this article on the importance of play, excerpted from the book "Play, Development, and Early Education" by Johnson, Christie and Wardle. Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Play, Good Environment, Early Education, Children, Young Children, Outdoor Games, Boys, Early Childhood Education

The Importance of Outdoor Play for Children

Tap through to read this article on the importance of play, excerpted from the book "Play, Development, and Early Education" by Johnson, Christie and Wardle.