Let’s Play in the Outdoor Classroom


I have been very fortunate to work for the past three years at an amazing school. It has great classrooms, a huge common room, and wonderful gardens and an outdoor classroom – which I think is a really cool feature.

The other day, my coworker came up with an awesome activity for the kiddos, and I really wanted to share it (plus some other fun shots)!


The class was really excited – graduation and a field trip were coming up, complete with pizza and cake! So, they needed some outside time, and more than they could get at recess, plus a little more structured.

Enter the graph of found nature objects. We really only had one rule, and that was don’t pick anything that is living!

We had rocks, leaves, sticks & wood, and plants in pots.


As you can see, we found a lot of rocks! I had to actually tell the students to stop grabbing gravel from the paths in the garden!


Then, each child was given a handful of something from the graph to count, and the numbers were written down and a final tally was made, to determine what we could find the most of…if you couldn’t tell, it was rocks!


Just some more rocks.


Our miscellaneous bowl.

Shots of some of the other outdoor activities:


Ramp and ball.

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Just playing with some mud!

So there you have it. I just loved this activity so much, I needed to share it.

My last day at this school was Friday the 16th of June, and while I am excited to join my new school, it is very bittersweet. I am going to miss it so. Here is to new adventures and great memories!

Thanks for stopping by! Love, Natalie.


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