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Are you looking to spend more time outside in your childcare program? Whether you you just want to update your outdoor space, or intentionally want to create your own outdoor classroom-there is nothing quite like spending your learning time outside! The warm sun on your face, a gentle breeze, and nature buzzing all around you.
Just as you set up learning spaces inside, you can set them up outside as well! Keep reading to find some fun ways to design your own responsive outdoor spaces for art, dramatic play, engineering, science, reading, music, and of course-physical development with a little elbow grease, and creativity.
Outdoor Music Walls
Let's makes music...outside! One of the fun ways to integrate music in your outdoor space is by building an outdoor music wall. Music walls can be as simple or as complex as you choose.
Many of them can be created using old musical instruments, or a variety of recycled materials. You can attach items to your fence, or create a free standing wall. Provide a variety of drum sticks such as: wooden spoons, whisks or other kitchen utensils.
Check out the variety of music walls created by our readers below!
There have been so many fabulous mud kitchens shared in our Pre-K Fun Facebook group over the last few years.
Mud kitchens provide Children the opportunity to explore nature through dramatic play. They provide children with sensory experiences, opportunities to cooperate with others, as well as many new ways to explore language.
Are you looking for an outdoor project?
Find inspiration for your outdoor learning space with these photos and ideas shared by early childhood educators and parents from the Pre-K Printable Fun Community.
The Educators in our community inspire me every day. They always have such clever and creative spaces to share with each other. Below you will find 30+ outdoor spaces perfect for your preschoolers. Grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy!
Don't throw those tires out quite yet. Here are some fun ways to use them in your Outdoor Space to support preschool early learning and development.
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