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3 Great Ways & Reasons to Move Your Class Outdoors

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According to our guests, immersing your students in nature offers many benefits to both students and teachers. Find out why you should take your students outside as often as possible. This segment also offers specific outdoor lessons you can use with your class today.

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Sometimes we go through life without even noticing the things around us. But that’s not the way it’s supposed to be! This game gives children a reason to take notice.


Materials Needed: Pictures or photos of things found in your outside area; a box


Place the pictures in the box in the center of the play area. Line up the children in two single-file lines, on opposite sides of the box and several feet from it. Designate which line is to start first. The first child in the first line runs to the box, takes out a picture, looks at it, drops it back in the box, and then runs to the object pictured. After touching the object, she runs to the end of her line. Meanwhile, as soon as she drops the picture back in the box, the first child in the second line runs to the box and repeats the process. Continue this at least until every child has had a few turns.


Adapted from Great Games for Young Children by Rae Pica (Silver Spring MD: Gryphon House, 2006)

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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and active learning since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. She is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more on teaching with students at the center.

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