Outdoor Education

The Robertson Program worked closely with Mine Centre Public School Kindergarten Teacher Marge Hale and Early Childhood Educator Sara Empey to develop activities that support math and science exploration in the outdoors.

Located 45 minutes outside of Frances, Ontario, Mine Centre P.S. has been developing an outdoor classroom, better known as “camp” by staff and students. The space has a meeting area with benches, a fire pit, a shelter and trails through the surrounding woods – all for the students to enjoy and explore.

Marge and Sarah are sharing some of the math- and science-focused activities that their students enjoy. Feel free to try them with your own students in an outdoor space.

Outdoor activities for early years classrooms
Building Birds Nests

Building Birds Nests

Students build on a previous lesson and construct their own bird nest made of items they deem to be good options for a bird's nest
Exploring Bird Nests

Exploring Bird Nests

Students observe bird nests in their outdoor environment. They explore and discuss what material is best used in its construction.
The Plants Around Us

The Plants Around Us

Students learn about the types and parts of a plant by exploring their natural environment
How Many Steps?

How Many Steps?

Students quantify distance by walking along a pathway from one location to another wearing pedometers
Further Exploration with Balance Scales

Further Exploration with Balance Scales

Students become more familiar with the concept of balance by using balance scales
Measuring the circumference of a tree (non-standard units)

Measuring the circumference of a tree (non-standard units)

Students use standard units of measurement to measure the circumference of a tree and compare the length with classmates
Exploration with Balance Scales

Exploration with Balance Scales

Provide students with a meaningful opportunity to explore balance scales in an engaging setting
Measuring Imprints Outside

Measuring Imprints Outside

Students make and measure imprints outside in the snow, mud or sand 
Measuring the depth of snow

Measuring the depth of snow

Students measure and compare the depth of the fallen snow each week
Magnets

Magnets

Children engage in an exploration of magnets, further discovering what items are magnetic and what items are not
Finding geometric shapes outside

Finding geometric shapes outside

Children explore two and three-dimensional shapes outside