Great outdoor learning activities to welcome in spring

Looking out the window at grey skies and cold winds? Why not start thinking ahead to brighter days of daffodils, bluebells and birdsong with some seasonal outdoor activities?

by Teachwire
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Spring is here! Almost. Well, it’s on its way. We have it on good authority.

So, in preparation, here are some great ideas for outdoor play and learning once the weather gets a little warmer and the days a little brighter.

Create a fairy garden

Talking of creating your own world, head out into nature and find the perfect spot for a miniature fairy garden. They may be a bit dainty to withstand heavy weather, but they can be great fun to put together and look great when complete (just remember to take a photo afterwards lest the rain and wind return the next day).

Want some inspiration? Check out some of the best entries from this 2014 competition

Spring nature prints in clay

Let children explore all the new things the season has brought with it, then have them make imprints in clay that can be baked and kept.

Get the full activity here

Outdoor colour match

Take a quick trip to your local DIY store and pick up as many of those little paint swatch cards as they’ll let you take without thinking you’re up to something. Pick nice seasonal colours where possible then let children go exploring for a match out in nature.

Check out the activity here

Spring sensory tray

Who doesn’t love a good sensory tray? Gather all your favourite spring items like carrots, flowers and ducklings (OK, maybe live animals are out of the question) and bury them all in soil (actual soil or a substitute like dyed rice as used here) then let the fun begin.

See what things to include at

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