Ideas and Activities for Outdoor Learning in EYFS SettingsAugust 9, 2022 9:23 am
Practical Ideas and Activities for Outdoor Learning and Education
There are many benefits to taking the classroom outdoors and giving young children the opportunity to learn in a natural outdoor environment. A recent study in England found that only 10% of young children now regularly play in the natural environment, so early years settings are perfectly placed to enhance a child’s growth and experience with outdoor learning and activities.
You may have heard of the Forest School movement, but there are also other ideas and activities which use the natural environment that can be incorporated as part of your early years provision.
Outdoor play and learning in EYFS can have many benefits, including:
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Greater ability to begin to play and learn independently
- Increased social, sharing and teamwork skills
- Development of language skills through wider imaginative play
- Higher motivation and better concentration (children in outdoors settings have been observed to be more engaged and be able to concentrate for longer periods of time)
- Development of gross and fine motor skills through playing and interacting with objects in the natural environment
- Better knowledge and understanding of the natural world
- Allowing for different learning styles, particularly kinaesthetic learning
Outdoor Play Ideas and Activities
There are some easy ways to experiment with outdoor learning and play, and as long as you make sure children have the right clothing and are protected (for instance with sun cream and hats if necessary), there is no reason not to be creative with outdoor space and environments as part of your provision.
50 Fun things to do outside with children
The Guardian also has a really useful article on ways urban settings can experiment with outdoor learning.
If you are interested in making outdoor or woodland learning play a big part of your provision you may want to think about looking at the Forest School approach. You can find out more about how a Forest School works and the benefits it has here.
Click here to download our FREE Early Years Foundation Stage Effective practice Outdoor Learning guide.