FREE Outdoor Learning Inspiration!

Outdoor Play Activity Ideas

The benefits of learning outdoors are ENORMOUS!

Children can:

💖Develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature whilst learning about flowers, insects, animals and their habitats.

👁Explore their senses, talking about what they can see, hear, smell, touch and taste from the world outdoors.

🍁Experiment with natural materials and exploring natural colours and textures.

🔤Increase their vocabulary as they explore their surroundings and discover new things.

🏘Learn about the wider community and local area, developing their sense of belonging and pride for their home town.

🤸🏻‍♂️Develop gross motor skills – running, climbing, lifting, moving objects, balance and coordination skills.

🤏🏻Develop fine motor skills whilst exploring and learning to use tools and equipment.

Learn to manage risks and gain confidence when trying new or higher risk activities.

👂🏻Listen, follow instructions and develop an understanding of hygiene and safety measures.

👨‍👧‍👧Build friendships and develop social skills – learning to work in a group or as part of a team.

🔷Look for shapes and patterns, similarities and differences, counting and comparing objects.

🌈Learn about changes in nature including life cycles, growth and decay, seasons and weather.

🌍Develop an understanding of our impact on the environment, climate change and eco-friendly habits.

🔎Question and investigate the natural environment, discovering, identifying whilst developing problem solving skills.

The opportunities we can give children every day to be active and explore outside are endless… no matter the weather or time of year, children can learn so much from being outdoors!

Find activity inspiration to cover all areas of learning in our FREE Outdoor Play Activity Ideas Sheet!



Demonstrate how you promote children’s learning through a wide range of activities whilst also managing any associated risks with this Outdoor Play Risk / Benefit Poster

Included in our Risk / Benefit Posters alongside Arts & Crafts, Loose Parts Play, Messy Play, Water Play and Sand Play. 

And explain the benefits of outdoor play and how it can be used to enhance children’s learning to families through an Outdoor Play Policy.

Policies & Procedures Pack

Find an editable template included in the Policies & Procedures Pack

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