THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors at Khyam, but we also want to help make it fun! Dragging the kids away from their iPads and technology can often seem like the ultimate challenge, but here at Khyam we’ve put together some activities you can do as a family to not only have fun, but also learn something too! The value of outdoor play and outdoor learning, getting out and about, moving children's bodies and connecting to nature, is huge. So this weekend why not get the kids off their seats and onto their feet!? Let us know if you give them a try!
1. Nature Colour Hunt
The outdoors is where children can most be themselves. With fewer restrictions, there is something about the outdoors that is exciting and exhilarating for them, a form of escapism. Ask your kids to go out and spot items in the outdoors of a certain colour. This could be a green leaf, a brown cone or even a grey stone. Once they have collected all of the items take time to discuss how many they have collected, what kind of texture each item has and what colours they have!
2. Make Stick Shapes
There are a number of activities you can do with sticks! Get your kids to be creative by asking them to make different shapes out of sticks. Or to really get them thinking you can give them specific shapes so that they need to find sticks of a certain length. Once you’re done make sure to tidy up the shapes you’ve made, or use your sticks for a game of pooh sticks!
3. Build a Den
Time spent playing outdoors is also thought to help relieve stress and anxiety by reducing levels of the hormone cortisol in the brain, building a den can really take a child’s mind off what is going on in school or stressing them out in general. Get outside and collect old branches and leaves. It may be worth taking a long some old sheets for a helping hand! Once you’ve made your den as a family use it as a hiding spot to learn about some local nature, you can learn all about bird types and maybe some mini beasts!
4. Stone Numbers
Spending time out in the fresh air is a great way of clearing your child’s head and giving their brains a chance to refresh. Take some chalk with you and use stones as a fun way of doing maths. By writing numbers on the stones you can get your child to write the answer to maths problems. Alternatively, for younger children you can simply use the number of stones as the figure and make them count the stones. Being outside doing maths will be a nice alternative to the classroom for your child.
5. Wildlife and Gardening
Gardening gives your child the chance to learn all about insects and nature, and under the guise of planting, digging, growing, watering, nurturing and picking plants, children can learn about biology and life-cycles, geography, climates and the environment. If possible, it’s also a great idea to look at getting bug hotels and searching under log piles for some creepy crawlies!
And there you have it, our guide to the outdoor classroom! Let us know if you decided to use any of these tips and exercises’ with your kids!