As a childminder with two school runs, multiple children’s nap times to manage and hot lunches and dinners to prepare, getting out comes with its challenges so Outdoor Classroom Day was a great impetus to get us outside.
We were blessed with beautiful skies and sunshine so armed with just waterproofs to protect us from the wet ground we headed out.
We started off by feeding the ducks…
And some beautiful swans swam over to see us…
Then we had a fun game of pooh sticks…
We saw some lovely sheep…
Before taking a nice walk and jumping in some big muddy puddles…
We went back home for a nice hot lunch and a long afternoon nap…
We had a lovely morning chatting and discussing what we could see. We experienced lots of different surfaces underfoot and found that some were slippy like the wooden bridge when wet. We got up close to open water and listened closely to instructions to ensure we stayed safe.
How did you spend Outdoor Classroom Day?
Areas of Learning Covered: Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.
With Autumn upon us, we can say goodbye to our Summer which we may all remember as being notably wetter than average!
Whilst many were bemoaning the rain filled days however, as a childminder it was an opportunity to indulge in one of the children’s favourite activities – Jumping in muddy puddles!
As adults if we see a muddy puddle our instinct is to avoid them, when children see them they want to jump in and splash in them.
The children love getting bundled up in their waterproofs and wellies and even a short drive to our chosen muddy puddle destination(!) is an adventure for them as we drive over bridges, spot sheep in the fields, pass big tractors, and drive along the bumpy country roads.
The children love it and it’s a great way for them to let off some steam whilst getting some fresh air rather than being cooped up in an overcrowded soft play on a wet day.
It gives great opportunities for the children to learn and discover and to indulge in some “risky play”.
Areas of learning covered: Physical Development, Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional development
Our village playground is looking a bit worn and sorry for itself but I was pleased to hear that there are plans underway to improve it. I have spent many hours with my mindees up at the park but feel currently that it is not so good for the little ones so I hope that the new and improved children’s play area rectifies that. Colour plans of the new children’s play area have been produced and I hope it’s not too long before we can enjoy the new and improved facilities.
Luckily we have some great playgrounds in neighbouring villages and I regularly make use of 3 of them and 2 larger ones in neighbouring towns.
Whilst I always strive to provide a rich outside play area in my own garden at home I do feel there are some things that are better enjoyed at the park.
Today we headed off to Soft Play. For the first time in a while we weren’t restricted by any time constraints with the baby’s morning and post lunch naps so I took my son and my 2.5 year old mindee off to Soft Play. The last time I went was with a school aged mindee in the school holidays.
To say they loved it is somewhat of an understatement! I loved seeing them run around enjoying themselves (Physical Development), interacting with other children (Communication & Language) and managing their behaviour and feelings over sharing toys with strangers (Personal, Social and Emotional Development). I even observed some mathematical learning (Mathematics) taking place as they had fun fitting large foam shapes in to the corresponding shapes on the wall (circle, hexagon, triangle and square)!
When done occasionally in this way these kind of outings can be real treats and I think this contributed to their excitement.
Love it or hate it Soft Play provides many benefits for children as I witnessed today covering many areas of learning and an excellent chance to observe some Characteristics of Effective Learning.