Welcome to day nine of our Simple Play :: complex learning series, where today we’re sharing nature walk ideas. Read on for ideas for observing the seasons and using your walk as a springboard into art, craft and sensory play.
Here’s our complete resource of seasonal activities that will help you teach the seasons. Follow the cycle of the year and learn about the seasons, the changing weather, how plants grow and animals adapt to the seasons. You’ll find resources for your classroom and ideas for how to homeschool with the seasons, incorporating math activities, literacy work, art, science and sensory play ideas.
The seasons activities – a complete resource
This ice painting process art idea, taken from my new ebook and online art course for families Art Spark, includes the extra sensory element of coldness. It’s a fun hands-on activity, particularly good as an outdoor art exploration and for keeping cool on hot summer days.
Sensory play ice painting with frozen paint
Here’s an great idea for some pretend play with ice – make the South Pole! It’s lots of fun, and an excellent way to enrich learning.
Antarctic penguin pretend play with ice [Read more…]
While I follow my children’s lead when we’re planning their learning projects, we also closely follow the rhythm of the year with our days, and I know many of you are the same in your homes and classrooms. So I thought I would gather together ideas from the NurtureStore archive that fit just right with the months of the year. Some of the activities match what’s happening in the natural world, some are linked to festivals we’re celebrating, and some just seem to fit the mood of the month.
I’m starting my seasonal activity plans for winter with a collection of things to do in January.