More and more ECCE teachers are learning that much of the curriculum learned indoors can be stretched through outdoor play. Art, language, science, math, and more can all be educated outdoors. Early childhood care and education recommends us to look at your own curriculum and imagine of novel ways to use the natural surroundings as an tool for teaching young children. The subsequent ideas will help you make an outdoor classroom full of learning potential.
Art Rubbings – Using lightweight paper and a charcoal pencil or crayon, make rubbings of bark on trees. Place blades of grass between two sheets of paper and lightly color above to expose the plant’s form. Back in the classroom, arrangement the art on larger pieces of colored building paper. exhibit on a bulletin board with the slogan, “Outdoor Learning is enjoyable!”
Sand Prints – Is it likely for young children to like sand play without making a chaos? Yes, if it’s outdoors. On a stage, outdoor space, place a shower curtain and a big container of sand. Pour sufficient water on the sand to make it wet. Provide an collection of cookie cutters, plastic forks, spoons, and knives for construction designs and patterns for construction math concepts.
Animal Read-Along – Ask every child to get a preferred stuffed toy animal to school. Place carpet squares outside for seating. Select an age-appropriate book, such as Bert Kitchen’s book, Animal Alphabet (Dial, 1984), or the much loved children’s poem “Over in the Meadow.” Gather the children around and read books regarding animals. Afterward, hide numerous toy animals outdoors. Go on a safari to find the not there animals.
Instant Gardening – Jean Piaget (1896-1980) thought that little children did not understand time and space. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow are hard concepts for young children to understand. You can assist children know time and space concepts by planting a garden. Waiting for a flower garden to blossom can take a long time – that is, unless you plant an instant garden. Place a 20 to 40 pound plastic bag of top soil in a sunny location. Using a knife, punch holes in the underneath for drainage. Cut small plus signs in the top for setting young plants, such as dwarf marigolds, zinnias, and petunias. Water as needed. Take photographs of the garden every day or every few days. Then create a classroom bulletin board showing the plants’ growth. Make sure you date the photographs so children can see the development of the garden.
Visual Perception – Make an outdoor look for the alphabet. Can you see an “A” in the support of a swing set? What letter looks like a car tire? Does a tree branch look like a “W”? Is there a “K” in a footway crack? Photograph your result and show as an interest center.
Sidewalk Drawings – encourage cooperative play by fascinating the children to use the sidewalk to make a chalk mural. Sharing materials, taking turns, and talking with peers help children work and play together.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Milan holds Master’s in Psychology Degree. She was working as supervisor in pre-school section. Currently, she is working as course co-ordinator for diploma in early childhood education & nursery teacher training (ntt) courses since last 20 years.