Create Outdoor Preschool Learning Spaces
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.
Ideas for Storing and Organizing Outdoor Toys
In this post we are sharing creative and practical solutions for storing and organizing your preschool outdoor toys.
From maximizing space to protecting your toys, these ideas will help you maintain a tidy and functional outdoor play area while keeping it easily accessible for your preschoolers.
Preschool Water Play Activities
Preschool water play activities are a great way to keep kids entertained while also helping them build important developmental skills. Water play is not only a fun and refreshing way for preschoolers to spend their time, it's also a valuable opportunity for sensory exploration and learning. Many activities can be done both indoors and outdoors, and can be adapted for different ages and skill levels. Below you will find some of our favorite preschool water play activities, suggested equipment and materials, and tips for facilitating safe water play in your program.
Outdoor Music Walls
Let's make music with preschoolers...outside with a fun Music Wall!
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!
Mud Kitchens Preschoolers will Love
There have been so many fabulous mud kitchens for preschoolers shared by our members and readers 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.
Preschoolers love seek and find games!
These games help young children to develop literacy skills, visual discrimination skills and more.
This versatile pack includes all you need to seek and find winter items indoors or out!
Take the checklist and a clipboard outside to look for objects, use the object cards in your sensory bin, or use with the seek and find mats.
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