Playgrounds serve a multitude of purposes, from social development and wellbeing to improving physical fitness. Beyond that however, they can also provide a fantastic environment for outdoor learning. In order to truly take advantage of this however, it’s important that one creates an engaging environment.
Here are just a few tips to help you put together the most effective outdoor space for learning.
Make It Easily Accessible
In order for outdoor learning facilities to be effective, it must be accessible, as part of a regular routine, as opposed to a ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ event. In Early Years settings, it’s always a good idea to ensure little ones can move between indoor and outdoor settings more freely. We understand that it can be difficult with the inclement weather here in Britain however, equipment such as huts or teepees that allow for outdoor learning during rainfall can be fantastic additions.
Provide Suitable Surfacing
Surfacing is something that often gets overlooked despite its importance. The right surfacing can make a huge difference to a space so it’s important that it’s done right. From artificial grass to rubber surfacing, providing something soft under ground can ensure little ones can be seated on the floor with ease (during nice weather) and also ensures their safety should they take a tumble during PE or an active learning lesson.
Create Storage Space
Storage space is ideal for an outdoor learning environment as it allows for learning utensils to be stored and utilised as and when needed. From stationary to toys, Instead of having to trek back into the classroom, you can simply grab it from the outdoor storage. From Bits & Bobs boxes to the Multi-Purpose Activity Shed, we’ve got you covered.
Messy play is fantastic when it comes to Early Years settings, enriching their environment and showing them the different sights, sounds, smells and more of the world around them. From water to mud and more, messy play tables are an excellent addition. The Mud Pie Kitchen is a great example of this too.
Make Use Of Dens
Dens are a special kind of shelter and really allow children to use their imagination. They can also make outdoor learning more accessible during those wet, cold months. By having a den ready, you can encourage little ones to role play and imagine the world around them. Allow them to plan, investigate and even negotiate with their peers. The Wicker Den is a great addition for any outdoor learning environment.
Contact The Experts
If you’re looking to create an outdoor learning environment within your school playground, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 01702 804200. Our team will be only too happy to help you create an outdoor learning environment that’s guaranteed to engage any age.