5 Areas to Add Print to Outdoors EYFS

Your outdoor area has the potential to offer a range of experiences for your children. There are a number of early years outdoor activities for you to explore below.

Outdoor Learning Activities EYFS

Growing – Outdoors EYFS

What better way to develop an understanding of the world around them than growing plants and vegetables. Not only does it teach children how to care for things but they can observe changes over time. Children tend not to have a great deal of patience and for them, half an hour can seem like a long time! For this reason, it is best to choose things that grow relatively quickly so that they don’t have to wait too long to get results.

Quick to grow plants include:

  • Marigolds
  • Candytuft
  • Cornflowers
  • Nasturtiums
  • Poppies

Quick to grow herbs and vegetables include:

  • Mustard
  • Cress
  • Radishes
  • Salad leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions

Anything with sides can be used to plant into – old boots or shoes, recycled food or drinks containers, tyres, wheelbarrow, old watering can or home made pots out of newspaper.

Ready for Planting

  1. Make some holes in the bottom of the container for drainage.
  2. Add a layer of gravel or stones to the bottom to stop the soil from going out of the holes with the water.
  3. Fill the container with suitable compost. Most plants are happy with multipurpose compost but check for specific plants.

Once your plants are planted, why not add some decoration to really brighten up your outdoor area. My garden decorations can either be coloured in by the children or you can cut out and use my ready made version. They will be sure to brighten up any garden.

Add sequins, googly eyes and collage materials or simply colour. When laminating be generous with the outer margin when you cut out the laminated picture to make it extra waterproof. Attach them to a cane or lollipops stick and choose a spot to brighten up. Provide children with a table of them to decorate and cut out with fixing materials and sticks outdoors and you will have them in every corner of your outdoor area before you know it!

Make a Bug Hotel

Everything you need to build a bug hotel is likely to be free and pretty much ready to hand. You need to create something that can be divided into sections e.g. palettes, old, unwanted units, tyres etc. To have a look at some examples visit Megan Zeni who shares some fantastic ideas.

Fill each section of your hotel with some of the following:

  • house bricks with little holes for insects to hide
  • corrugated cardboard which again has sections for small creatures to hide
  • straw
  • bark
  • pine cones
  • tubing of all kinds
  • plant pots
  • logs

In fact, anything that is lying around your garden that you feel would make the perfect place for a small creature to live!

Print in the environment is just as important outdoors as it is indoors and my Outdoors EYFS signs will make the perfect accompaniment to your bug hotel. There is a welcome sign decorated with some cute mini beasts in two different sizes depending on your bug hotel and where it is. There are a number of mini beast signs accompanied with a question. These can be displayed in and around your outdoor area as children are encouraged to talk about and look for the insects displayed.

If you would like a copy of my outdoors EYFS signs pack then please visit my teacherspayteachers shop or TES shop, or visit my minibeast blog for more minibeast activities.

Mud Kitchen – Outdoors EYFS

What child doesn’t love a mud kitchen! They come in all shapes and sizes and can be as simple or elaborate as you like. For some fantastic mud kitchen ideas go to Mum’s Grapevine. I think the only thing that could make them better are my fantastic signs and mud pie recipe. Never miss an opportunity to make children aware of print and what it is for!

Car and Bike Park – Outdoors EYFS

Cars, bikes and scooters are great for a child’s physical development. It is best if they have their own separate area so as not to get in the way of other activities that might be going on in the outdoor area. Brighten up the area where they are stored with these car number plates. I have made a set with lower case letters and the more traditional capital letters.

Children need to focus on the lower case letters before the end of the reception year and if you think the capital letters will cause confusion, don’t display these until later. However, capital letters are what children will see on number plates when out and about so this set could be useful when you want to develop the children’s awareness of capital letters further. Again, when drawing children’s attention to the numbers you can start by looking at them as single digits and then moving on to possibly double digits as they become more accomplished. Even if the children don’t remember them, they will enjoy hearing about them.

There is also a set of numbers that can be displayed along a fence or wall. Each bike, car or scooter could have a corresponding number so that they are put back in the right places at tidy time while supporting children’s number recognition without them even knowing.

Water Area – Outdoors EYFS

Water is again, another fun activity for children to indulge in whether on a small scale indoors or large scale outdoors. For lots of ideas on different types of water play go to Fun Discoverers.

Don’t forget to decorate your area with my signs!

In total, the Outdoors EYFS pack consists of 40 pages and a variety of signs, some which are A4 size and some half A4 size. The car number plates come in a range of colours. If you would like to purchase a copy of the pack then please click on the picture below and send me some photos of your newly decorated outdoor area!

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