|This child's apron is made of old Kanga fabrics|
When children learn outside, it is OK for them to get wet, muddy and dirty. In a traditional school setting, it is important for the child to keep a clean uniform but true learning is sometimes messy so we will put that notion aside for a while. When learning outdoors, children should wear an apron and when playing with water or dirt, maybe we should consider allowing the kids to simply wear their swimming costume. I know, I know, it sounds very daring but I think there will be less clean up if the child is taught how to dry up, and how to hang up her wet swimming costume after they are done playing.
The teacher must prepare the outdoor learning station each day ( we will talk about Teacher Helpers and The Buddy System in later posts). Just like in the classroom, the outdoor learning stations should be age appropriate, safe and engaging. It should encourage the child to play and invent games as they go.
Here is a really fun sample outdoor learning station:
Sink the Boat
For the Sink the Boat learning station, you will need:
|Sink the Boat Learning Station|
- a medium plastic bucket or bowl
- two small bowls (one empty and one with rocks)
- ten garden rocks (since the child would have learned how to count to 10)
- one small towel -- for drying
- a light tray to carry all the materials
- water to fill the bowl
|Float the 'Boat' in the Water|
|How many rocks does it take to sink the boat?|