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Outdoor Activity Resources - free

At home pupil outdoor activity sheets that can be used during Covid-19 school closures.

Activity sheets that can be given to pupils to complete at home.  They are designed to be completed with minimal resources that can are easily accessible. All can be done individually or with a member of their household.  They allow pupils to engage in the outdoor environment that can easily be accessed from home such as garden, park or any open space. Although many activities are open ended on time, most can be satisfactorily completed in 30 minutes. 

Mainly aimed at years 5 through to 8, though parents have also enjoyed trialling them too! Each activity has learning outcomes, the main ones are highlighted on each sheet.  Possible learning outcomes are listed below, which can also be covered on our residentials when they are possible.

  • Enjoy being outdoors
  • Motivated to participate and persevere showing resilience with new challenges
  • Encourage others to take part
  • Describe their experiences and use them to inspire other aspects of life
  • Work cooperatively with others
  • Adapt and change related to situations
  • Take on a lead role
  • Keep fit and continue interest in outdoor activities
  • Have a positive self-image
  • Understand a link between physical and emotional well-being
  • Identify and adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • Experience a range of different environments in different conditions
  • Understand the impact of human activities on the environment
  • Demonstrate care for the environment through their actions
  • Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment
  • Experience ‘awe and wonder’
  • Learn to recognise their own and others strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the impact of their actions
  • Respect others and develop trust
  • Identify the impact of their actions
  • Develop and value friendships
  • Build confidence and self esteem
  • Stretch comfort zone and overcome fears
  • Identify risk and push boundaries to complete goals
  • Develop independence and use initiative
  • Effective communication
  • Respond positively in challenging situations
  • Develop and acquire technical knowledge and skills
  • Develop physical skills that they can adapt and apply
  • Understand how to dress appropriately for the outdoors
  • Unlock talent

We will expand these resources over the coming weeks.  Last updated on 20/05/20, version 1.3  (shelter building 2 and create a map added)  

Home outdoor Activity sheets

OUTDOOR COOKING

Learn how to safely make a fire, either in a small tin in the yard or in the garden. Over which there are simple recipes to make foood such as bread or potatoes. Then a sweet desert of dandelion honey

Fire Lighting, at Home

Fire provokes great memories, wistfully watching the flames dance around.  A guide to safe methods to light a fire, whether it is on tarmac or in the garden. Combine with our food cooking sheets.

Time: 40 min plus
Space: Any Outdoor Space, that belongs to you
Equipment: Twigs & Sticks, Matches. Maybe vaseline / fire lighter, tin or BBQ tray

Environmental Awareness
Understand the impact of human activities on the environment

Cooking on a Fire

Increase your enjoyment of the open fire by cooking on it too! Simple recipes, to be combined with ‘Fire Lighting, at home ’.

Time: 30 min plus fire making.
Space: Any outdoor space, that belongs to you.
Equipment: 300g self raising flour, 2 tbsp sugar, a pinch of salt, 240ml water or milk, stick & fire

Physical Skill
Develop and acquire technical knowledge & skills

Bread on a Stick

Quick and easy bread recipe without the need for yeast (unleavened). Calculate and measure to make the dough with extra learning risk assessing the fire. 

Time: 40 min plus
Space: Any Outdoor Space, that belongs to you
Equipment: Twigs & Sticks, Matches. Maybe vaseline / fire lighter, tin or BBQ tray

Health and Wellbeing
Identify and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Learning outcomes range from understanding the environment around us, developing new skills and understanding risk.

Time: 40 min plus
Space: Any Outdoor Space, that belongs to you
Equipment: Twigs & Sticks, Matches. Maybe vaseline / fire lighter, tin or BBQ tray

Time: 30 min plus fire lighting
Space: Any outdoor space, that belongs to you.
Equipment: Tin Foil, Potatoes (filling/rub), Bananas – (chosen filling), Simple pancake mix , Old pan

Time: 30 min plus fire making.
Space: Any outdoor space, that belongs to you.
Equipment: 300g self raising flour, 2 tbsp sugar, a pinch of salt, 240ml water or milk, stick & fire

Environmental Awareness
Understand the impact of human activities on the environment

Physical Skill
Develop and acquire technical knowledge & skills

Health and Wellbeing
Identify and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Dandelion Honey

Have a go at being the bee, converting the dandelion flowers into sweet goodness. Thinner consistency, but surprisingly similar in flavour to honey.

Time: 30 min prep, 4 hrs cook
Space: Garden, Park
Equipment: Dandelions, Sugar,
Lemon, Water

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.
Experience ‘awe and wonder’.

Wellbeing & Environmental →

Learn more about the world around us and appreciate its importance.  From using art to study the environment, thinking about processes to looking at mathematical shapes.

It also promotes well-being in pupils as they engage with the outside world.

Pattern Search

Natural patterns have been studied since Darwin proposed studying them in 1859. They have been used in science, technology and art. 

Time: 20 min plus
Space: Any outdoor space
Equipment: Paper and Pen

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.

Cool Wall

Thought provoking exercise to think about what is important to you or the environment, and why.

Time: 30 mins plus
Space: Indoors
Equipment: Pen and paper, Scissors, Glue / Tape / BluTac, Printer (optional)

Environmental Awareness
Understand the impact of human activities on the environment.

Time: 30 min prep, 4 hrs cook
Space: Garden, Park
Equipment: Dandelions, Sugar,
Lemon, Water

Time: 20 min plus
Space: Any outdoor space
Equipment: Paper and Pen

Time: 30 mins plus
Space: Indoors
Equipment: Pen and paper, Scissors, Glue / Tape / BluTac, Printer (optional)

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.

Environmental Awareness
Understand the impact of human activities on the environment.

Foil Rubbings

Explore texture patterns and structure through making rubbings.

Time: 15 min plus
Space: Garden or Park
Equipment: Kitchen Foil

Environmental Awareness Experience awe and wonder

On A Walk

Added interest to any walk in your local area. A series of ideas and challenges that you can try out whilst out on your walk.

Time: 1 Hour plus
Space: Park, Woodland or Countryside.
Equipment: Comfortable clothes, Shoes, Small backpack.

Environmental Awareness
Experience a range of different environments & conditions.

Spider Webs

Take a moment to appreciate the intricate detail of a spiders web and the time and skill involved in creating it. Find webs and try recreating them. 

Time: 1 hour
Space: Garden, Park
Equipment: Pencil, Paper, String or Rope

Environmental Awareness
Experience a range of different environments & conditions.

Amongst the Clouds

Natural patterns have been studied since Darwin proposed studying them in 1859. They have been used in science, technology and art. 

Time: 20 min plus
Space: Any outdoor space
Equipment: Paper and Pen

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.

Time: 15 min plus
Space: Garden or Park
Equipment: Kitchen Foil

Time: 1 Hour plus
Space: Park, Woodland or Countryside.
Equipment: Comfortable clothes, Shoes, Small backpack.

Time: 1 hour
Space: Garden, Park
Equipment: Pencil, Paper, String or Rope

Time: 20 min plus
Space: Any outdoor space
Equipment: Paper and Pen

Environmental Awareness Experience awe and
wonder

Environmental Awareness
Experience a range of different environments & conditions.

Environmental Awareness
Experience a range of different environments & conditions.

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.

Hug a Tree

Playing in the woods for all ages. Through trusting your partner it supports emotional wellbeing and empathy to guide carefully.  Family interaction.

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Park / Forest
Equipment: Improvised Blindfold

Health and Wellbeing
Understand link between physical and emotional well-being.

Barefoot

Walking barefoot is a sensory experience for all.  Greater feedback helps with balance. Foot strength increases and the development of arches. Relaxation is needed as you become mindful of the new sensations. 

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Garden / Yard
Equipment: Different Outdoor Surfaces – stones, grass etc, Improvised blindfold

Enjoyment and Appetite for Learning
Enjoy being outdoors.

Physical Skills →

Practical activities that involve developing new skills and real life learning through play in the outdoors. 

Build a Bridge

Use your ingenuity and lateral thinking to cross the gap.  Build a bridge strong enough for a person.

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Any outdoor space
Equipment: Cardboard, Sticks, Newspaper, or Other household items

Environmental Awareness
Appreciate and draw inspiration from the environment.

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Park / Forest
Equipment: Improvised Blindfold

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Garden / Yard
Equipment: Different Outdoor Surfaces – stones, grass etc, Improvised blindfold

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Any outdoor space
Equipment: Cardboard, Sticks, Newspaper, or Other household items

Health and Wellbeing
Understand link between physical and emotional well-being.

Enjoyment and Appetite
for Learning

Enjoy being outdoors.

Enjoyment and Appetite for Learning
Motivated to participate and persevere showing resilience.

Things with String

String – useful for tying, binding, hanging other objects or weaving to make textiles. 10 examples of activities with string to start you off.

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Any
Equipment: String 1m or longer

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Peeler Whittling

Use your kitchen peeler for a safe and simple method to whittle your own imaginative figures. Fun way to develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination while being creative and an appreciation of managing risk. 

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Garden / Trees
Equipment: Potato Peeler, Sticks

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Shelter Building 1

Everyone loves building a den or hideaway. Part 1 uses simple household items to shelter from sun or rain or just hideaway. 

Time: 30 min
Space: Garden or Park
Equipment: Bedsheet or tarpaulin, 2m string x2, 1m string x2, 4 stones, 2 pegs

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Shelter Building 2

Take your shelter building to the next stage.  Part 2 uses natural materials with a simple lean to design. Promotes problem solving combined with fun and play.

Time: 40 mins plus
Space: Local Park or Woods
Equipment: Branches with green leaves, Sticks from wrist diameter, Supporting logs / arm diameter sticks

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Any
Equipment: String 1m or longer

Time: 30 min plus
Space: Garden / Trees
Equipment: Potato Peeler, Sticks

Time: 30 min
Space: Garden or Park
Equipment: Bedsheet or tarpaulin, 2m string x2, 1m string x2, 4 stones, 2 pegs

Time: 40 mins plus
Space: Local Park or Woods
Equipment: Branches with green leaves, Sticks from wrist diameter, Supporting logs / arm diameter sticks

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Physical Skill
Develop physical skills to adapt and apply / acquire technical knowledge.

Make a Map

Detailed maps require time and skill to produce. In this challenge you will have a go at creating a small map of somewhere like your house, garden or a local park. 

Time: 30 mins plus
Space: House, Garden or Local area.
Equipment: Pencils and Paper

Physical Skill
Develop and acquire technical knowledge and skills.

Map Eye-Spy

Draw a route on a map, marking on features along the route. Get another household member to follow your map and spot the features.

Time: 30 mins plus
Space: House, Garden or Local area.
Equipment: Pencils and Paper

Physical Skill
Develop and acquire technical knowledge and skills.

More to follow …

We are producing more activity sheets and will have version 2.0 available by 06/06/20

Time: 30 mins plus
Space: House, Garden or Local area.
Equipment: Pencils and Paper

Time: 30 mins plus
Space: House, Garden or Local area.
Equipment: Pencils and Paper

Physical Skill
Develop and acquire technical knowledge and skills.

Physical Skill
Develop and acquire technical knowledge and skills.