There’s no denying the benefits of outdoor play, and with the summer here, we’ve put together 7 fun, low cost summer outdoor activities. Each idea will require different skills, with different areas of learning being explored. The idea behind these summer activities is to encourage the use of imagination, give children the room to be creative, and most importantly, get them outdoors having fun!
Whether your child is a wizard or a fairy, nature wands are a great outdoor activity idea and so simple to make. You can help the children to collect some twigs, flowers and leaves, and attach them together using little elastic bands. If you wanted to get really creative, you could paint the twigs and even add some glitter, but it’s otherwise a completely free, simple activity idea.
I’m sure plenty of you remember this one. A hot summers day, a bucket of water and a paint brush. Have them draw a photo, colour in an area of concrete or even dip their hands and feet into the water and make prints around the patio. Again, such a low-cost activity that will keep your child entertained for hours…and no cleaning up!
Wrap a tree in some large recycled paper or even bubble wrap, and let the children do the rest. They could use paint brushes or even their hands and cover the tree trunk in bright coloured paint. This makes a great art activity that combines sensory play and nature.
Rather self-explanatory. Digging in the dirt may not seem very beneficial, but it helps to develop fine motor skills, an understanding of weight and pressure, and improves physical development. The children can work in teams or by themselves, and you may want to make it more interesting by burying some items in the soil for them to discove
Baking anyone? Whilst you’re outdoors digging, you might as well ask the children to bake you some (mud) cakes. Add some water and use some kitchen utensils (and hands) to shape the mud, then add some flowers for decoration. A great role play, sensory activity for the outdoors.
Children love to make dens. It builds their confidence, team working skills and imagination. Allow them to test their creativity by trying out different size sticks/twigs and getting them to balance. You may want to get some den building resources to help the children get started and decorate with leaves and all things nature.
You can either print photos or draw them yourself, of items you may find in the great outdoors. Give the photos to your children and ask them to go and find the item, ticking it off as they go along. A great activity for improving problem solving skills and awareness.
Hello to our wonderful F1s and F2s!
We hope that you all are all enjoying your time learning from home, we are absolutely loving seeing all of the brilliant things that you have been upto on you online learning journals! Thank you for sharing your learning on there and we will continue to keep in touch via Tapestry.
We hope that you have been enjoying working through your home learning packs, your Bugclub books and the 2dos set for you on PurpleMash. Keeps you eyes peeled on Tapestry for our weekly craft challenge and weekly bedtime story... we wonder who it will be next?! We will update Tapestry with other posts and challenges. Please email the school office if you for any reason cannot access your Tapestry account.
There are some excellent maths resources on the White Rose Hub website, which is the scheme of learning that we follow in EYFS:
To keep your child engaged with their phonics, as well as completing the ReadWriteInc work set in the learning packs, have a go at playing some interactive phonics games at: www.phonicsplay.co.uk or visit https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
EYFS Team :)