As the weather warms up, we find ourselves moving our homeschool learning outside more and more. We have a great covered back deck that we’ve lined with outdoor curtains. It allows us to stay out there and work even when there is a gentle, warm rain.
Incorporating nature and the outdoors into your learning is important. Not only can it improve your mood, it can help with a variety of factors. ChildMind.org states, “most of the studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.”
Need some ways to get your outdoor classroom space started? Check out these awesome ideas and get started ASAP!
7 Awesome Outdoor Classroom Hacks
#1: The Mother of All Outdoor Lounging Swings
OK. I’m just going to put it right out there as the number one thing all of us need in an outdoor learning space: this Kodama Zome Hanging Lounge is everything I dream about for a hammock/reading/learning/hanging space. However, it comes with a hefty price tag ($5,400 gulp), so while you’re saving those Benjamins to get one, check out these other outdoor classroom design elements that you can implement now.
#2: Outdoor Musical Wall
What kid doesn’t love to create
noise music? That’s why adding a musical wall to your outdoor learning space is one of the best ideas ever.
#3: Barefoot Sensory Path
Not only is this sensory path beautiful and functional, but it is also a great sensory learning tool to add to your outdoor space or garden. You can get creative with the type of materials you use in the path, just mix it up for different sensory effects.
You could also add a sensory play tent that you can move around your outdoor space.
#4: Nature Discovery Centers
An outdoor learning space wouldn’t be complete without some nature discovery centers. Don’t be grossed out, but this “bug hotel” is a great way for kids to learn about the outdoors and biodiversity. It can easily be built using wood pallets of any size that will affordably help you make one large or small.
#5: Water, Sand, or Mud Table
What would outdoor learning be without a little water or sand or mud? (It’s fun to get dirty, y’all!) My best childhood friend and I used to spend countless summer hours making mud pies when we were kids. Incorporating a mud pie kitchen and/or water and sand table into your outdoor space will encourage creative and imaginary play.
#6: Outdoor Obstacle Course
Do you ever watch American Ninja Warrior? (Us, too!) Even if you don’t, obstacle courses and climbing walls are all the rage right now. Adding some obstacle courses to your learning area is not only fun, but helps encourage exercise (without them even knowing!).
#7: Outdoor Art Centers
You don’t have to confine art to the inside! Incorporating one of these cute art centers or outdoor chalk boards to your outdoor learning area will give your budding artists plenty of inspiration from nature!
Do you have a great outdoor learning space? Share it in the comments here or head over to Facebook and share a photo!
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