Young children love to get outside and play. Why not take advantage of this and take your learning outside? Children will definitely be engaged!
Nature Math Get children outside and interacting with their environment. Students will create equations using what they find outside. Have students gather a collection of pebbles and a few leaves. They will lay them out and create a math problem. For example, they might have five rocks and three leaves, they will write the equation 5 + 3 = 8 and then illustrate their work. This can be done on a simple sheet of white paper.
If you have iPods or iPads available for classroom use, we have a different idea! Have students use their device to take a picture of the groupings. Take multiple pictures and then print them. Students can then use the cards at a center. They might have a card with three flowers and lay a card with two rocks next to it.
Or, you can use our Nature Math Cards as a guide. These cards have the numbers 1 – 10 with space to the right. Students can place their nature items in the empty space to represent their number. This set also includes addition, subtraction and equals signs. For beginning math students, you can have children find a number of objects outside and place them on a number card in order to practice counting.
I Went Outside Writing Prompt Two choices for a writing prompt that includes space for students to illustrate their work.
Nature Rubbings Children of all ages love nature rubbings outside. Give students a piece of white paper and a pencil or crayon. Have them make rubbings of objects they encounter outside. You might also have students add descriptive words next to their rubbings.
What other ideas would you add to our collection of nature activities? Maybe grabbing a pair of binoculars and having students make observations of birds? Share your ideas below!