Love outdoor learning – Day 11 of 30 days wild 

Well yesterday on day 10 we had a blip on the #30dayswild so today on day 11 we are back out in the garden, enjoying digging in the sand pit and being in the fresh air. 
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Love, Kylie x

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Love Lifecycles – day 7 of 30 days wild 

Day 7 of #30DaysWild just watched a Sparrowhawk hatch live on #BBCSpringwatch 

You can watch the magical moment or carry on watching live at http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ezzbp6/live/cwfxn3 

What a lovely way to show children the magic of life cycles!

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Love, Kylie x 

#Sparrowhawk #Lifecycles #Earlyyears #Primaryeducation 

Love outdoor learning – 30 days wild

Day 4 of #30dayswild. Today we went to visit the farm!

The farm gave lots of great learning opportunities for my little boy, who is currently fascinated with making animal noises. He can currently do baa, moo, quack and neigh. All of which he got to practice today. As of today he can now say chicken, which he was excited to practice at the farm today.

Farms can provide lots of learning experiences for children as soon as they can walk, it’s fantastic or children to see animals up close and personal, rather than in a book. If your local farm is like ours they typically have a small petting area and also a play area, which make a visit to the farm even more worth while.

Farms are great for nursery and school trips, so why not arrange to take your class to a local farm. For older children learning about life cycle, food chains and habitats this can be an exciting visit. Today we got to see the baby chicks, you can talk about how they’ve changed, the ones we saw had started to change from that lovely yellow colour and have developed darker wings. We also saw some baby goats and sheep and cows, teach children about the different names for these kids, lambs and calfs. If your lucky enough your farm may have somewhere you can see the cows being milked, which is a great learning experience and opportunity to talk about where our food comes from.

No matter what you do at the farm, children are bound to love it.

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Love, Kylie x

Love Wildlife – 30 days of Wild 

For day 3 of #30dayswild I took an idea from the Wildlife Trust’s inspiring ideas to stay wild wherever you are, which you receive when you sign up for your 30 day challenge. Today we watched a wild webcam. 

Using webcam feeds and also online videos can be a helpful way of embracing themes and subjects within settings, as well as giving children an opportunity to see things they may not have the chance to see even on trips to the farm or zoo. It can support children’s individual interests too.
Here are a few to start you off:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/videosandwebcams/webcams/?gclid=CjwKEAjwkPS6BRD2ioKR7K245jASJAD1ZqHOQaZqxphXUNJmGPLwUO2SN89b-s7ovtfAul8KjIwvmBoC6QPw_wcB
http://mobile.wildlifetrusts.org/site/wildlifetrusts?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wildlifetrusts.org%2Fwebcams&utm_referrer=#2860
http://www.simonkingwildlife.com/page/live-cams#wpHeaderArea_guide/latlng:54.559323,-4.174804999999992/6//
Depending on the time of year you can use webcams to look at life cycles such as seeing chicks hatch, you can also use them to look at habitats. One of my favourites are safari cams, you get to see wild animals in their own habitats rather than behind barriers in the zoo. My little boy is currently interested in making animals noises, especially lions, monkeys and elephants. These types of videos are an excellent way to capture his interest and improve his understanding of these animals, the way they look, move and sound. 
I hope you can use this post to support and build on interests and curriculum within your own settings and at home.
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Love, Kylie x 

Love Outdoor Learning – Day 2 of the 30 days of Wild challenge

Day 2 of the 30 days of wild challenge. When I say we went in the garden it doesn’t sound very exciting but there is a down pour of rain here! It’s so wet out I couldn’t use my phone long enough to get a photo as it was getting soaked! 

So today we got our wet suits and wellies on and went in our garden for a good old splash in the puddles! My little boy loved it, as did I, it’s amazing how refreshing going out in the rain could be.
Going out in the rain can provide plenty of learning activities. 

Here’s 50 ways to play in the rain from brought to you by Mother Natured:

50 Ways to Play in the Rain!

The experience of playing in the rain can be rich in language, talking about the sound, how it feels, how it looks. Don’t forgot singing in the rain, here are a few nursery rhymes about rain:

Rainy Day Nursery Rhymes

Splashing in puddles, jumping, running and for my little boy throwing a ball into puddles are all fantastic for physical development. Embrace a child’s interests and schemas throughout outdoor learning. 

For older children you can talk about the weather, why does it rain? When does it rain?
For maths why not put some containers out and measure how many inches of rain falls, or how much falls in fluid measurements depending what containers you have to hand, if you’ve got jugs or plastic boxes you’ll be surprised the fun you can have. Or make a home made gauge:

Homemade Rain Gauge

How about some rain painting:

Rain Painting

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With all this fun to be had, who would want to stay inside when it’s raining!

Please feel free to share your rainy days outside.

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Love, Kylie x 

Love outdoor learning – Day 1 of the 30 day wild challenge 

Yesterday I started the 30 day Wild challenge. http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild 

Here is Day one of the 30 days Wild challenge! 

Going to visit some ducks in the rain.

Whether it’s at the park, a lake or at a nature reserve, there are plenty of places to meet some friendly ducks.


Taking children to meet your local neighbourhood ducks can provide lots of opportunities for learning. These include early language such a what sound a duck makes and learning to say the word duck. You can also talk to children about the colours of the ducks you see and how each one is different. You could use some early maths and count ducks, or for pre-school aged children ask them to keep a tally chart of the different types of ducks they see. 

Older children can discuss habitats of ducks and the other animals they see. Aw well as habitats you can talk about what they eat, make sure to take some seeds instead of bread! You can use maths language to measure how many seeds children are feed the duck, more and less etc.

An exciting learning opportunity during spring is to look at life cycles, try and find some ducklings and talk about duck eggs and the baby ducks.
You can also integrate technology and expressive arts into the outdoors, if you have the resources allow children to use iPads and camera to take photos of the wildlife they encounter to take home or back to the setting. You could also encourage children to draw, paint and create their own ducks. This could even include a little role play of being a duck themselves, encourage them to consider how do ducks move? Do they walk or waddle? Are they fast or slow? What do they do with their feathers and wings? What noise do they make? A little bit of wildlife can go a long way with children and can enrich their learning massively. There is nothing like seeing the real thing when it comes to animals.

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Love, Kylie x