Outdoor Spring Activities From Your Recycling Box

These are challenging times at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that education can’t be fun or interesting for children. With the arrival of spring, it’s an exciting time to be learning outdoors. There’s so much to see and do and it’s a great time to explore minibeasts and start growing vegetables. It’s amazing what you can do being creative with your recycling, both at school and at home. Here are some great ideas that are low-cost and can be … Continue reading

Improve Learning By Engaging With Children’s Interests

If you want to improve the learning of students in your care you need to think about how you’re going to engage them. There are lots of ways that you can engage children with learning in schools. One of the most popular options is to increase learning activities outside. This is a great option that can improve learning as well as mental and physical health. There are also other teaching options available that will improve learning. Here are some ideas … Continue reading

Plan Your Outdoor Space

When it comes to educating children, outdoor spaces are really important. They’ve been proven to help students learn more and be more enthusiastic in this learning environment. Plus they offer significant health benefits to all students. However, you can’t just have an outdoor space. You need to carefully plan it so there is a mix of planned, structured learning opportunities and space for unstructured learning for the children. You also need to make sure that children are safe in the … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | March 2020 | Issue 1.8

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Welcome to the March edition of Play and Learn Outdoors. We’re already into the third month of 2020, can you believe it? I hope you have settled into the year well and your pupils are now used to writing the new year in their workbooks. I know I still forget, sometimes. We’ve been extremely busy over the last three months gathering all the latest and greatest news for you to read through on your tea break with a steaming hot … Continue reading

Ideas For Outdoor Play

Are your students playing the same outdoor games? Do you want to introduce them to new ideas, games and activities to broaden their experiences and improve their learning opportunities? Here are some great options you could add to their play. A Mud Kitchen This is a favourite of many children because it is messy and fun. You don’t even need much, a simple play kitchen, some old pots and pan or other accessories and some water and mud. Children can … Continue reading

Four Plastic-Free Easter Crafts for Schools

Is the use of plastic with your seasonal crafts starting to play on your mind now that the media are showing us just how bad our single use plastic lifestyle is affecting the environment? If so then that’s brilliant, just remember you can still help your pupils create fun, seasonal crafts that they can take home to their parents or keep at school. There’s an abundance of eco-friendly seasonal activities and crafts you can make with your pupils and as … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | December 2019 | Issue 1.7

Welcome to the December edition of Play & Learn Outdoors, I hope the new school year has been a successful one so far with many triumphant fundraising events and positive parent evenings. Over the past 3 months, we have rounded up the latest news from the Able Canopies HQ along with our usual tips, tricks and ideas. We have another bumper issue this month so there’s plenty to read including everything to do with outdoor learning and play, as well … Continue reading

Ideas For Outdoor Play Sessions

When it comes to the new school year, there’s going to be a lot of excitement from children who are excited about their new classrooms, teachers and even new schools. Many of the children will also be looking forward to going outside whether the weather is wet, cold, sunny or warm. Learning outside is a fantastic opportunity for many children. It helps to develop confidence, social and fine-motor skills – all important for every day life. Playing outside is also … Continue reading

How To Make Outdoor Role-Play Areas Work

Role-play is a great way for children to learn, play and develop. Children naturally like to emulate what they see on television, what their parents do, and copy what they’ve read in books. Children can benefit from role-play in several ways; including: Development of creativity and imagination. Enrich language and use of communications. Develop social and emotional skills. Enhance physical development. Unfortunately, many don’t see this. Some experts have come across parents who reject role-play as just a way for … Continue reading

Cranfield C of E Academy Gets A Canopy

Cranfield C of E Academy has recently had a new school canopy installed at their site. There was a new school built in September 2016, but they lacked the cover that can be essential in hot weather, especially in hot weather like the UK has experienced this year. Therefore, the school contacted us to supply them with a canopy. Originally, the school’s leadership team were interested in the Shade Sails for the area. However, after consultation, explanation of the benefits … Continue reading