Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

We went on a Bear Hunt!

Today we had a very busy afternoon in the toddler room. It was a beautiful autumn day for us to go on a sensory walk to experience the changing season. We collected lots of beautiful coloured leaves. We even found a pink one.

We had some snack in the forest and listened to the Walk in The Woods story. It felt very real as we could hear all the sounds of nature around us, the leaves swishy swashing and the wind whooshing! The children wanted to hear the story “again, again!”.


It was the first outing for our youngest children. They had a great time and managed to use their balancing skills to steady themselves as they walked on the uneven forest ground.  They also had to dodge some branches at their eye level! All good skills to learn for keeping safe in the outdoors! Well Done everyone .



Rainy Days

It was a wonderful rainy day today. The children decided it would be a good idea to build a shelter so that they could play out in the rain.

The children used poles, elastic bands, string and a large sheet of tarpaulin. They made the shelter big enough for lots of children to play under.

Benjamin showed a toy wolf to Abigail and Damon and they all decided that it would be a good idea to hide from the big bad wolf in the safe place under the tarpaulin.

Outdoors at Cart Mill

The children had lots of fun exploring the outdoor environment today.

The children made choices about the experiences and resources they would like to play with. Some children loaded the wooden trucks with bricks and blocks. Mark said, “it’s going to the building site” Abby then said, “the three little pigs built a house with bricks”

Another group of children decided to take turns on the bikes and scooters. They practiced manoeuvring around obstacles without bumping into them. Clare used chalk to draw arrows that would remind the children of which direction to travel. Damon asked Clare if she was drawing arrows to show the boys and girls the way.

Other children decided to play What’s the time Mr. Wolf? Great fun today!


Outdoor Play

Today the children explored outdoors. Some decided to continue to look for bugs as they did yesterday; they looked under the white rocks for wiggly worms. Lewis was happy to hold the worms while others looked on and said that he was very brave.

Lewis said; “it feels wiggly.”

Others decided to explore the whole garden and joined in water play. The water travelled down the grooves in the wood and poured off. Matthew decided to add another piece of wood that would allow the water to travel even further. He put a bucket at the end to collect the water. Matthew then poured the bucket of water into the muddy puddle.

Ben used decking boards to make bridges and then he practiced his balancing skills while Matthew used bits and pieces to play jack in the box…great fun.

We’re playing in the rain!

We were having lots of fun today in the rain.  We splashed around and jumped in muddy puddles – not at all bothered by the wet!

We talked to the children about where to store their wellies and how to put the outdoor suits on and then hang them up when they are finished.

Puddles are such interesting pools of water to children and playing in them is beneficial to their cognitive development.  Children’s natural instinct is to explore and discover through their senses and as they do they are storing lots of  information about the natural world.  It’s all in a puddle!

Camping and snack!

Lewis, Connor and Scott were talking about camping whilst making shapes at the play dough table.

Sami suggested we made a tent outside. The children quickly found some different resources we could use to make a little tent.

We decided to use the little archway. We realised we needed a door, and a doorbell, and Matthew wanted a sheet to keep it dry.

Once we set up our tent, we decided to have our snack outside. Grace was very helpful, handing out the water cups and the oranges to her friends.


Sunny Days

Today the children have been building crates one on top of the other at different heights.

The children then challenged themselves to jump from the top of the height they assessed to have just enough challenge. Some children jumped confidently from the really high crates, while others decided to stick to lower heights. The children became more confident to try the higher heights with a little support from Nicola and other staff members. The ladybird and busy bee outfits helped the children to jump up very high.

Some children decided to water the plants because it was a “VERY, hot day!”

Later in the afternoon the children went for a walk to the woods, the children hunted for sticks, played ball games and then sat down together to have snack.

Mudddy Fun

Today the muddy puddle was very inviting.

The children decided to make dinner for everyone. They needed lots of muddy water and grass to make sure it looked just right. Al decided to add a log to the mixture, but then thought that it probably wasn’t a good idea and he took the log back out.

Our “Family Fun” visitors also put on an outdoor suit and decided to get down and dirty in the mud too. Joseph’s little brother really enjoyed the sound the muddy water made when he poured it into the metal basin.