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Learn and Play Outside – Grab Your Free Outdoor Activity Book!

Start Your Journey With Forest Schools Today and Explore Earth, Fire, Water, and Air with Fun Outdoor Experiences that Help Kids Learn and Grow Through Hands-On Activities and Adventures!


Outdoors & Up For It!: A Free Activity Guide for Outdoor Learning

If you’re ever feeling lost while trying to find fun and exciting activities for your students or kids, this guide is just what you need.


The ‘EARTH’ section is all about helping kids connect with nature by using their hands to make cool things from natural materials like sticks and clay.

This isn’t just fun; it’s good for their brains, too. When kids create with materials they find outside, they’re not only learning about nature, but they’re also improving their fine motor skills, which are the small muscle movements in their hands and fingers. These skills are important for things like writing and tying shoes. Plus, figuring out how to make something can boost their problem-solving skills and help them work well with others. This kind of learning helps kids understand the world better and care more about taking care of it.

Key Activities Include:

  • Stick People and Stick Vehicles - Kids use sticks found in the forest to construct figures and imaginative vehicles. This activity encourages creative thinking and helps children develop their fine motor skills as they learn to manipulate small materials to form structures.
  • Clay Pots and Clay Jewellery - Working with clay allows children to shape and mold materials with their hands, which is excellent for strengthening hand muscles and enhancing tactile sensitivity. These activities also give children a sense of the properties of natural materials, like texture and pliability.
  • Mini Dens - Building small shelters or dens from branches and leaves teaches children about architectural basics and spatial awareness, fostering both teamwork and individual problem-solving as they figure out how to design and stabilise their structures.
  • Magic Doors - Creating imaginative doorways into trees or embankments not only sparks creativity but also invites storytelling and role-play, which are crucial for cognitive and social development.


FIRE Section: Igniting Passion for Learning Through Fire-Based Activities

The ‘FIRE’ section immerses children in activities that revolve around understanding and safely using fire, enriching their learning experience while teaching vital safety and survival skills. These activities are designed to enhance practical knowledge, build responsibility, and foster group cooperation.

Key Activities Include:

  • Creating a Fire Area: Setting up a designated area for fire teaches children about organization and safety precautions. They learn the importance of controlling fire in a safe, responsible way.
  • Fire Safety: Understanding the fundamentals of fire safety is crucial. This segment equips children with the knowledge to manage fire responsibly, emphasizing the significance of safety in outdoor activities.
  • Making Tea or Hot Chocolate: Using the heat from a fire they built, children engage in making simple beverages. This activity introduces them to basic cooking skills and the concept of heat management.
  • Charcoal Pencil Drawing: Creating art with charcoal derived from fire lets children explore artistic expression while connecting with traditional methods. This fosters creativity and a hands-on appreciation for natural materials.
  • Fire Ceremony: Concluding activities with a fire ceremony instills a sense of achievement and respect for the power of fire. It serves as a reflective practice, reinforcing the lessons learned and the importance of mindfulness in nature.

These fire-based activities not only make learning about fire control and safety engaging but also play a crucial role in helping children develop practical skills and enhance their respect for nature. Engaging with fire in these controlled, educational ways promotes a deeper understanding of its uses and the importance of safety.


AIR Section: Elevating Learning Through Aerial Activities

The ‘AIR’ section engages children in aerial-themed activities that not only provide fun but also offer significant educational benefits. These activities are crafted to enhance understanding of aerodynamics and physics, boost creativity, and improve motor skills.

Key Activities Include:

  • Fish Kites: Building and flying kites shaped like fish introduces children to the principles of aerodynamics and wind effects. This activity encourages understanding of how air movement influences flight and requires precise motor skills and creative design.
  • Rope Swings and Rope Pulley Transporters: Installing and using rope swings and pulleys teach children about the physics of motion and force. These activities help develop coordination and strength, as well as an understanding of basic mechanical principles.
  • Catapults: Constructing and operating catapults allows children to explore the science of trajectory and force. This hands-on activity enhances problem-solving skills and understanding of how angles and strength affect motion.
  • Wind and Fire Sculptures: Creating sculptures that interact with wind involves artistic expression combined with scientific inquiry. This activity nurtures creativity and a deeper appreciation of how elements like wind can be harnessed in art and design.

These activities in the AIR section not only make learning about physics and motion exciting but also significantly contribute to children’s cognitive and physical development. Engaging with air through these creative and dynamic projects helps foster a lifelong curiosity about science and the natural world.


WATER Section: Exploring and Learning with Water Activities

The ‘WATER’ section is all about immersing children in activities that involve water, which are not only engaging but also deeply educational. These activities are designed to enhance understanding of scientific concepts, develop physical coordination, and stimulate creative problem-solving.

Key Activities Include:

  • Pipe Transporters: This activity involves building systems to move water using pipes. It teaches children about fluid dynamics and engineering principles, while they enjoy the challenge of manipulating water flow.
  • Waterproof Dens: Constructing dens that resist water introduces kids to concepts of shelter building and material properties. This activity encourages strategic thinking and innovation in creating structures that stay dry.
  • Mud Pies and Magic Potions: Mixing mud or combining various natural elements to create potions allows children to explore chemistry in a fun, hands-on way. It enhances their understanding of different substances and their interactions.
  • Boats: Designing and floating boats teaches basics of buoyancy and balance. Kids learn about physics in a practical setting, which boosts their analytical skills as they figure out how to keep their boats afloat.

These water-based activities not only make learning exciting but also play a crucial role in helping children develop a practical understanding of scientific concepts and enhance their motor skills. Engaging with water in these playful yet educational ways promotes a deeper appreciation of the natural world and encourages curiosity and exploration.

Get the Free eBook

This eBook includes over 40 activities linked to the four elements, laid out in an easy-to-follow ‘recipe’ format. Each activity details the resources needed and step-by-step instructions, ensuring that you have all the guidance you need for your educational journey outdoors.

Download your free copy of “Outdoors & Up For It!” today and turn every outdoor excursion into an enriching educational experience!