Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teach / Learn Carnival - Playing and learning outdoors

You all know how passionate I am about outdoor play for children in the early years. 

So when I saw the theme for the May Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science at home was 'Outdoors' I just had to jump right on in with a post of my own. 

And look at the wonderful company I am in. 

If you would like some ideas for getting children playing and learning outdoors then take a wander through these posts:

Catherine from Adventures With Kids

Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares some of her favorite ways her family discovered to fully experience nature wherever they lived.

Jenny Kable from Let the Children Play (that would be me) had her students creating their own obstacle course, because if you give children loads of interrupted time to play in an outdoor environment filled with enticing loose parts, their imagination and creativity really takes off.

Mamapoekie from Authentic Parenting wrote about making the outdoors and extension of your home, to encourage outdoor time by making your garden homely and attractive.

Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey is exploring outside play ideas for winter with her boys.

Deb from Science at Home had a whole list of ideas for playing outside with cute pictures.


Have you been getting outside? 
I'd love you to add some ideas or link to a post of your own in the comments.  

created some garden mobiles to decorate the trees around their sandpit.


  1. Sure have! We've been braving the cold and going where no tropical baby has been before….lost of fun :)


  2. http://csupamoka2.blogspot.com/2011/05/kinti-tevekenysegek-outdoor-activities.html

  3. I've been enjoying these links! I wrote recently about how I think outdoor play can combat consumerism:


    Thank you for offering this forum to share!

  4. Kate - I love that "going where no tropical baby has gone before". Good on you for braving the cold and getting outside - not only fun but can be a sanity saver for mums too!

    Megan - thank you for leaving a comment and your link. I'm off to visit and have a read :)

    Mariann - what I said to Megan ;)

  5. Thanks! I have never even thought about some of those things! Sometimes I feel parents rush into homeschooling too young, when play is the best learning experience! This site helps me to my thesis writing on this theme. Thank you for sharing!