Teaching Resources

Outdoor Learning

  • AAGZT 7 years +
    Fiona Danks
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £13.59
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    'Utterly joyful!and full of fun', said The Countryman of Nature's Playground. Following that book's success the authors have written a second book that encourages children to enjoy and learn from the natural world through fun - this time for slightly older children. Go Wild describes a range of outdoor adventures for families to share, including foraging for wild food, the magical excitement of making fires, cooking over the hot coals and making your own shelter. For eight-year-olds through to young teenagers there are tempting alternatives to computers and hanging out: brilliant ideas for having fun that will also help them to learn new skills and give them independence and confidence. From making a catapult to catching crayfish, creating fire without matches to constructing a tepee, Go Wild is all about thrilling activities, amazing discoveries and kids having the time of their lives in the great outdoors. The authors, Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, have produced some outdoor activity sheets in conjuction with the Cub and Scout Naturalist Activity Badge, sponsered by Natural England. To view these acitivity sheets, click here. For more information on Natural England, click the logo on the left.
  • ADVNQ
    Fiona Danks
    (1)
    • £7.99
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    The stick is a universal toy. Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure and it provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw material for transformation into almost anything! As New York's Strong National Museum of Play pointd out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, 'It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight's sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band ...' In this book Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield offer masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bushcraft, creative and imaginative play, games, woodcraft and conservation, music and more.
  • AAHAM 5 years +
    Mike Unwin
    5 years +
    • £5.59
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    A beautiful picture book about garden birds that will appeal to families with young children.

    Rachel Lockwood's wonderful illustrations will delight children aged 2-7 years old, and will help them to discover and identify the most common birds in their everyday surroundings

    Each bird is introduced on a right-hand page in an illustration where it is partly obscured or turned away from the viewer.
  • AWJDI
    • £19.99
    This book explains what 'Forest School' really means and combines theory with practice on the importance of play and risk. It is an invaluable training manual for those studying to be a Forest School leader or practitioner and includes case studies from professionals.
  • FTGD
    Frances Tophill
    • £3.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Perfect for those who have moved into a home with outdoor space, First-time Gardener: How to Plan, Plant & Enjoy Your Garden is a fuss-free, practical guide to gardening.

    Written by horticulturalist Frances Tophill, this book begins with advice on getting to know your garden and the essentials you'll need to know - like the soil you have and what the drainage and light is like - before then helping you decide on whether you want a vegetable patch, an abundance of flowers or an indoor living space.

    Frances also gives her advice on how to source and care for a number of different plants and there's even a section on aftercare.
  • NTFT 6 years +
    6 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    Eat an apple from a tree... make a daisy chain... go on a walk barefoot... 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4 is an illustrated adventure handbook full of National Trust-inspired activities that provide fun throughout the year.

    Inspired by the Trust's #50Things media campaign and with bite-sized text and artwork from Skulduggery Pleasant illustrator Tom Percival, the book has an eye-catching design and is also part-scrapbook/part-field guide. It will help children get closer to nature and has plenty of facts for them to pore over.

    There are also checklists to tick off and the book has plenty of space for notes, photos, leaves, doodles and more. There is even a selection of rainy day activities.
  • Green Guides Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472933911
    GRGU
    • £3.00
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    • Just 75.00p per book
    Anyone who loves getting outdoors will find these little guides to be essential companions on their next adventure.

    Covering wild flowers, trees, butterflies and garden wildlife, the books provide concise descriptions of their subjects which include information on their appearances, habitats and much more. There are also beautiful illustrations of over 150 species in each book.

    Ideal for beginners and amateur naturalists alike, the Green Guides come in a pocket size.
  • RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening - Hardback - 9780711237919 - Chris Baines
    CWLG
    Chris Baines
    • £5.00
    • RRP £25.00
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    A classic book that has been fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening shows just how much of an important part wildlife plays in any garden.

    Relying on RHS research and best practice, it provides information on everything from using pesticides to planting for birds and the idea of habitat creation.

    It looks at how much importance gardeners should put on wildlife when they make their decisions and will even show you how to attract and sustain butterflies.
  • AQFBX
    Kirstine Beeley
    • £9.99
    Outdoor learning is not just about taking what we do indoors and moving it out through the door of our setting. It involves equipment and experiences which are both unique and exciting. When planning for maths provision practitioners need to make sure they offer access to these amazing opportunities for learning and integrate them into children's ongoing play and exploration of their natural world. Designed to be used as a dip in dip out collection of easy to use ideas the author has tried to show how exciting outdoor learning can be developed on even the very smallest of budgets. As with all areas of early learning the author acknowledges the way that maths is integrated within play based exploration and linked to many other areas of learning. Offering ways to develop your existing provision as well as building new resources you will enjoy exploring all areas of early maths including number, pattern,shape and measuring.
  • APVFZ 5 years +
    Annalees Lim
    5 years +
    • £12.99
    This nature-based craft book will have you making a range of unique - and useful - homemade creations. Funky fridge magnets, beautiful butterfly bunting, photo frames and more are included in this brilliant step-by-step book. Part of a series of six titles, Craft Attack is aimed at modern kids with a style to match. The instructions are easy to follow and positively encourage experimentation and customisation.
  • ADSNE
    Mick Manning
    • £7.89
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    A guide to child-led family activities centred on nature rambles in different habitats - park, seaside, woodland, moorland, river and lake etc - through the seasons. Spreads comprise large colourful identification illustrations complemented by activities and facts. Activities include identifying common European species of insects, plants, mammals and birds, looking for tracks, feathers, droppings, making plastercasts of tracks, and collecting and displaying seeds, leaves and fruit and nuts.
  • AGSTP
    Cecilia Fitzsimons
    • £7.89
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    This title features fun-packed outdoor and indoor things to do and make. It is a fantastic how-to book full of fascinating projects and activities to help children learn about the environment. You can learn how to be a nature detective, make bark and leaf rubbings, collect spider's webs, make plaster casts, build a pond and grow exotic fruits. Each project helps children look more closely at nature, whether in woods and forests, fields and hedgerows, the seaside, around the garden or in a playground. This book helps children to learn about the natural world. There are plenty of educational but fun activities to enjoy, including simple experiments, things to make, games to play, and things to find. No matter where they are - in the woods, on the beach, in a field, in the back yard, out in the car, or even indoors - there is plenty of interesting things to do and see. Activities include making and keeping a nature notebook, discovering life in a tree, making a fishing net, growing plants from seed, beach combing, looking at rock pools and making seaweed pictures. The projects and ideas all involve watching, listening, building and creating, without disturbing the environment or creatures that may be found. Materials needed are collected or recycled, while step-by-step photographs will show what to make and what to look for. With an amazing range of great activities this book guarantees hours of fun for children aged 8-12.
  • CT0713 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £11.99
    • RRP £18.00
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    Roll up, roll up... throw the bean bags and knock down the tin cans. Add the numbers on the cans up to see who reigns victorious with this traditional, fun-filled game for the whole family.

    There are three bean bags for contestants to throw and 10 perfectly safe tin cans for you to try and knock over. This is a great activity for the whole family to play on sports days and at garden parties and picnics.

    Ages 3 plus

    Box dimensions: 450 x 195mm

    Contents: 3 soft bean bags, 10 'real' tin cans.
  • Tug of War - Other - 5051237060669
    CT0714 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £5.00
    • RRP £12.00
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    The whole family can test their strength with a traditional game of Tug of War!

    This box includes a strong rope for six people to battle it out over, a chunky chalk and even a red sash to put down on the floor.

    Tug of War is a great activity for the whole family to play and is ideal for sports days, garden parties and picnics in the park.

    Ages 3 plus

    Box dimensions: 295 x 300mm
    Contents: Six-person rope, one chunky chalk, sash marker
  • Bumper Race Set - Other - 5051237060706
    CT0715 3 years +
    3 years +
    (1)
    • £10.00
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    On your marks, get set... GO!

    This big box of fun will keep the whole family entertained and racing for the prize over the summer months.

    All presented in eye-catching colours, the set includes sacks, wooden spoons and 'eggs', three-legged race ties and chalks to help you keep score. It will bring even more enjoyment to summer sports days, garden parties and picnics.

    Ages 3 plus

    Box dimensions: 270 x 320mm

    Contents: 3 chunky chalks, 6 egg & spoon race sets, 4 printed sacks, 4 three-legged race ties
  • AMDSI
    • £4.49
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    Calling all nature explorers to go outside with the Gruffalo! Don't forget to take this springtime sticker activity book with you and keep your eyes peeled. Learn all about nature with this colourful spotters' guide, packed with fun, spring-themed outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. This handily sized activity book is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and Gruffalo fans, and is full of great activities that are based around seeing and engaging with nature and the outside world. It's about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.
  • AOHFE
    • £4.89
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    Calling all nature explorers to go outside with the Gruffalo this summer! Learn all about nature with this colourful spotter's guide, packed with fun outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. Gruffalo Explorer: The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail is a handily sized activity book that is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved character, and is full of great activities that are based around engaging with nature and the outside world. It's about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum for Years 4 and 5. Look out for other seasonal Gruffalo Explorer titles!
  • AOKQA
    Julia Donaldson
    • £4.89
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    Learn all about nature with this colourful spotters' guide, packed with fun, autumn-themed outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. This handily sized activity book is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved character, and is full of great activities that are based around seeing and engaging with nature and the outside world. This fun autumn sticker activity book is about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.
  • APJDW
    • £4.89
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    Calling all nature explorers to go outside with the Gruffalo! Don't forget to take this wintertime sticker activity book with you and keep your eyes peeled. Learn all about nature with this colourful spotters' guide, packed with fun, winter-themed indoor and outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. This handily sized activity book is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and Gruffalo fans, and is full of great activities that are based around seeing and engaging with nature and the outside world. It's about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.
  • APVET 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £6.39
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    This new RSPB book is a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to nature watching for children. With full-colour photographs and illustrations throughout, it discusses general practicalities - where to go and when, what equipment to take with you, tips on attracting wildlife to your garden, how to take field notes and much more. In addition, it includes a guide to many common species of British birds, animals and plants, using clear illustrations and describing key identification points, such as behaviour, voice and habitat. It's the must-have guide for all young nature enthusiasts!
  • ATDZL
    Irmgard Kutsch
    • £10.39
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    This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills. Activities for winter include making an Advent wreath, blowing walnut ships, making Christmas branches flower, working with wool, weaving, knitting, making felt, woodworking and making things with willow and out of clay. The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Germany, and are fully tried and tested.
  • AMDGI
    Marina Robb
    • £17.89
    • RRP £17.99
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    Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get your children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy. Suitable for groups of children aged between 3 and 16, the graded activities help children develop: * Key practical and social skills * Awareness of their place in the world * Respect for the natural world all while enjoying the great outdoors. Written by experienced Forest School practitioners, using tried and tested games and activities, it provides comprehensive information for enriching childrens' learning through nature. The games and activities are clearly categorized, with step-by-step instructions, age guide, a list of resources needed, and invisible learning points. This book is a unique must-have resource for families, schools, youth groups and anyone working with children.
  • ATECN
    Irmgard Kutsch
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills. The authors have included a mix of indoor and outdoor activities for autumn, including picking and cooking fruit, basket-making, building houses and shelters, looking after birds, working with beeswax and making paper. The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Center in Reichshof, and are fully tried and tested.
  • AKBOA 5 years +
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £7.99
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    Get outdoors and explore nature with a new activity every day of the year Watch shooting stars, build a frog house, or cook using the sun! With RSPB 365 Outdoor Activities You Have To Try! you'll find an incredible 365 outdoor pursuits to keep your little ones occupied all year long. Produced in association with the RSPB, Europe's leading wildlife charity. From easy-to-do garden projects to more ambitious building projects, there's an activity for all interests and abilities. You'll only need readily available materials such as paper, sand, or soil to complete projects. Plus, clear step-by-step instructions and photos show you what to do every step of the way. Wherever you are in the world, use whatever's at your doorstep and get the whole family exploring nature together. Or encourage your child to observe and interact with nature on their own with RSPB 365 Outdoor Activities You Have To Try!