Keeping Children Active Outside While Teaching Virtually

Keeping Children Active Outside While Teaching Virtually

In the current climate it’s hard to imagine how you can keep children active and going outside while they’re in lockdown and you’re providing lessons virtually. However, with technology and some ingenuity, you can create some interesting lessons outside that encourage your students to do some lessons in their gardens.

There are many benefits to this. First of all, they’ll keep up with some fitness which has been a worry for the Government and children’s charities. Plus, time outside can be an important part of maintaining a healthy mind. More time outside could help with regulating their sleep and concentration to help them with work.

So, what options are available to teaching children virtually that encourages them to go outside?


1. Counting And Other Maths Skills

Counting is a basic skill that children need to learn, so why not encourage some outdoor counting? Take your camera outside and show yourself counting sticks, flowers or even worms in the ground. Then get the children to do the same in their gardens.

You could also add other maths skills into the mix, such as measuring. You could ask children to measure their gardens (with the help of a tape measure or by using their strides). You could switch it up and ask them to measure different parts of their garden. For an example, you could show yourself measuring underneath your school canopy or on the playground.

2. Life Cycles

Ask the children to look at the life cycles of the world around them. In the spring and summer there is plenty of nature about, from young trees, blossom, baby birds and more.

You can also demonstrate how to look for certain animals (like caterpillars) by going outside and using your outdoor spaces.

3. P.E.

There has been a lot of hype around indoor physical lessons taught by YouTube stars at the moment; however, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can show children how to do some shuttle runs and other activities outside in the garden.

To challenge students, ask them how many widths of their garden they can do in two minutes and ask them to beat that score after two weeks of practice.


The lockdown has made it challenging for students and teachers alike. It’s also an easy time for children to not go outside. That’s why you need to encourage that by creating virtual lessons for time outside.

Do you have any tips on how you can make virtual lessons work? Let us know in the comments.

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