Three Board Games That Can Be Adapted For Outside

There’s no hiding the fact that board games can be a great way for children to learn. They can build all kinds of skills with board games such as mathematics, logic skills, inter-personal skills and more. But with the current Covid-19 problems, board games have been hard to play. However, there are ways that you can take the board games and adapt them to be played outside, whether you’re playing in the playground or under a school canopy. 1. Snakes … Continue reading

Last Minute Easter Crafts

Are you looking for some last-minute Easter crafts using supplies that you may already have in stock? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s three ideas that you can organise for your class with minimal prep and maximum fun. 1. Peek-a-Boo Peg Chicks   You’ll need: Pegs Card Choice of paint, pencils or crayons to decorate Scissors Glue or glue dots Directions: Draw and cut an egg shape that is broken along the middle on cardboard Also draw and cut … Continue reading

How To Encourage Children To Exercise Outside

Once again, the UK is in lockdown and children are remote learning at home. This is causing a potential risk to children’s health. Remote learning is often associated with staying inside and sitting in front of the computer or with worksheets. Very few physical tasks are given during this time. And without access to an outside area like under your school canopy, going outside isn’t very desirable at the moment. The British weather at this time of year is wet, … Continue reading

Safety Outside in the Cold Weather for Children

Outside time is so vital for development in children. Time outside helps them to build on their confidence, physical and mental health. Yet the cold weather can make children unwell. And icy weather can also lead to children slipping on surfaces. And with the current problems with staff shortages due to isolation and illness, observation cannot be relied upon. So, how can you keep children safe at school during the colder weather? 1. School CanopiesSchool canopies are a great option. … Continue reading

Three Ways School Sports Can Be Adapted For A Safer Return

There’s no doubt that covid-19 is going to be around for the next year, if not longer. And many parents are worried about social distancing in school. Classrooms can be made secure, but PE and sports are a bigger challenge. Anyone who has watched a primary school football match will know that young children will swarm onto a ball. This close contact can be the perfect place for the spread of illnesses. So, how can children be given sports that … Continue reading

How to Make a Miniature Pond in Five Easy Steps

It’s fair to say that the current times have taught us a lot of things and just one of those is that it’s important, more now than ever that we make the most of our outside spaces at school and at home. As an added bonus, if we’re able to get creative within our outside space, it will have a positive impact on our children’s (and our own) mental health as well as a it being a great learning tool and … Continue reading

Showing The Next Generations The Wonders Of Nature

Last year was an amazing year. Children across the UK, and the world, went on strike to promote protecting the planet. But this isn’t always inherent. Research in America, completed by the University of Chicago found that children under 11 tend to prefer urban environments more than they do the outdoors. This does change as children get older, and was seen in the study as the children got older they preferred natural scenes more. But another study in the UK … Continue reading

Bring The Outside – Inside

There are many benefits for playing outside, whatever the weather. But that doesn’t mean that you can be outside all the time. December, January and February can sometimes be challenging times for outside play, not least because the rain can make outside areas slippery. Yet that doesn’t mean your outside area is completely redundant. In fact, you can take items from the outside and bring them into you classroom to continue outside learning even during these wet, cold winter months. … Continue reading

Five Outdoor Group Games To Help Them Learn

Outdoor games are great fun and excellent for learning key skills. Children that play regularly outside are developing their fine motor skills, learning about the environment, improving their confidence and building social skills. That’s why it is always great to offer games outside. Sometimes, you might want to suggest games to offer particular skill development. Here are some suggestions for you. Hide And Seek Every child knows hide and seek, and they all love the game. Children relish the challenge … Continue reading

Playing Out In The Rain

With the weather becoming wetter throughout the country, outside time is becoming less attractive to small children. It’s cold, wet, and at times we put less toys outside to play with because of the risk. However, there are reasons why you should encourage more outside play. Different Textures Playing outside during wet, rainy weather is completely different to play when it’s hot and sunny. These different experiences can help with learning co-ordination and sensory development. Different textures can also be … Continue reading