A child discovers the world through his senses in the most holistic way. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the outdoors is a natural extension of the classroom, that there should be harmony between the indoor and outdoor learning environments. The outdoors is the ideal sensorial experience.
The Montessori outdoor Activities give the children more of a rhythm to their learning. And these activities ignite their desire to want to learn more. These activities cannot all be project based instead it will inspire a desire to learn more and desire to discover more.
The key ideas of Montessori outdoor activities are the same as those ideas for the indoor classroom.
Slogan of Montessori outdoor activities :
The Montessori outdoor activities hold the slogan as:” Move, Build, Invent, Risk, Imagine, and Lead”
Have you ever tried ?
Have you ever tried these questions at the end of the day or while having the supper together?
What did you discover today?
When were you kind to someone today?
When was someone kind to you today?
What was a challenging moment today?
What was a gratitude moment today?
If not for a once…try it now.
Try these outdoor activities :
Nowadays electronic gadgets are engaging our children for the most of the times. As being responsible we can also engage our in some outdoor activities which reflects the Montessori classroom activities:
Care of plants
Care of Plants is part of Caring for the Environment. Children can mist water onto plants and water the soil as needed. Children can also prune dead leaves to keep the plant healthy. Outside a child can take a step back and truly care for his plant throughout its life cycle.
The Silence Game works wonders for a child and his development. You can do this activity as a group, or encourage the children to cultivate their own sitting spot for meditation, observation, and thought even when the group is not doing the silence activity.
Eating food and breathing in the fresh air is a wonderful way to spend time learning outdoors. You can take your child /children outside and give them carrots and peelers. Teach them how to peel carrots and ask them to prepare their snacks. The children will enjoy in preparing their snacks by their self.
Water and Dirt Play
Give a child a bit of dirt and water and suddenly and you can see him/her building dams, rolling balls, bridges, digging, scooping, transferring, and creating! Both natural elements lend to fine motor skills and sensory development.
Deconstruct a Dead Plant
Give your child a plant or a neem leaf or even a drumstick leaf and ask them to tweeze the leaves. Tweezing, peeling, and dead plants is not only a great way to learn a bit about botany, these activities are fantastic for little hands developing fine motor skills.
Rock Collecting and Washing
Rock painting can be Montessori outdoor activity, which will trigger the children’s creativity thoughts. Rock painting requires an including rock collecting and washing. Have each child grab a bag for collection. Set out a bin for an initial scrub (with hands works just fine or a small brush) and a bin for rinsing. Finally, allow time to dry (a great science lesson, too!). Only at that point will your rocks be ready for painting! Let the children do the painting as per their creativity and imagination.
With the exception of gathering knowledge of your outdoor environment, such as types of plants, there is minimal preparation necessary. The open ended activities allow the child to lead his learning and to embrace a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world. The described activities can be used outside the house /the school where true learning and teaching happen for all of us.