Teaching Outside: 20 Quick & Easy Outdoor Education Activities for Children


Teaching Outside: 20 Quick & Easy Outdoor Education Activities for Children

An eBook by Nature Natalie


Learn to teach outside even if you’re not outdoorsy!

This eBook is written for teachers, parents, caregivers, and mentors who understand the value and importance of having their children spend time in nature but may not have the time, resources, or ability to dedicate a regular part of their schedule to outdoor education. No matter how much time you have or advanced preparation you’ve done, there are things you can do with your students outside that are fun, educational, and worthwhile. This book contains 20 detailed, Common Core-aligned, step-by-step activities that are categorized by grade level, time needed, materials needed, “readiness level,” and subject. They are designed to be accessible for everyone, regardless of your comfort level with the great outdoors. The activities are designed for children in grades Pre-K through 5 but can easily be adapted for other ages and stages as well.

What will the children learn?

  • 21st Century Skills, such as creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking
  • Math
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Speaking and Listening

eBook features:

  • Common Core-aligned
  • Clickable Table of Contents
  • 4 clickable Indexes
  • Beautiful hand-painted illustrations
  • Tips for how and where to teach outside
  • Lesson objectives for each activity
  • Detailed materials lists for each activity
  • “Nature Natalie Tips” with insider info from someone who’s been there and done it!
  • Extensions, Adaptations, and Variations for each activity

Praise for Teaching Outside:

“Simply put, a terrific book and guide! This guide has all the insight of a professional school teacher who really knows kids and has been fostering nature education for years. I love the adaptations and variations for every activity and that there are activities that pair math with art, others on science and writing, and simple ways to introduce mindfulness to kids. It’s a perfect go-to guide; I love the clear layout for time needed, preparation, age range – incredibly realistic and accessible.”

-Rebecca Miller, Gund Institute for the Environment

“You guys, we made sight words FUN!!! It really can all be FUN! And the best part? These kids were on fire!! They were reading way more words than they typically do, faster, and maintaining focus for longer! Ahhhh, the great outdoors—it’s pure magic. Thank you, Nature Natalie, for the fun ideas in your ebook, I’m super excited to explore more activities!”

-Brooke Beyer, mom, photographer, and school volunteer


Note: The eBook will be delivered as a downloadable PDF. A Kindle version is available on Amazon.



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