Learning occurs both indoors and outdoors.
Outdoor learning offers young learners opportunities to explore and learn. Environmental education can support literacy, math, science, and art. Making observations, having conversations, and engaging with your community can all increase a child’s skills and knowledge about the world they live in.
These are just a few resources to engage children in the outdoors and discover all that your neighborhood has to offer. Enjoy!
Use this worksheet to have your child go outside and copy the house number and street sign, then talk about the city you live in.
Take a walk and note the buildings and landmarks that are in your neighborhood. Print these cards to add to your map. Take your map on a walk and have your child copy the name of the park, home, or business onto their map.
Adopt a Tree
Trees are a very important resource in all communities. Help your child learn to respect nature, understand the importance of trees, and grow a relationship with a tree in your community.
Cut out our puzzle pieces to create three-piece puzzles of some community helpers and “tools” they use!
Turn and Talk
Use these prompts to start a conversation.
- What is your favorite place to go in your neighborhood?
- What do you like to see on a walk?
- What do you like best: a big tree, a garden full of plants, or colorful flowers?
- Is there a community helper that you would like to meet, such as a Police Officer, Firefighter, Bus Driver, or Mail Carrier?
- Do you know what to do if you need help?
Recommended Reading List
Whose Hat Is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling
Whose Tools Are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
Whose Vehicle Is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper
I Want to Be a Doctor by Dan Liebman
Police Officers Help by Dee Ready
Keeping You Safe by Ann Owen
Protecting Your Home: A Book About Firefighters by Ann Owen
Taking You Places: A Book About Bus Drivers by Ann Owen
Road Builders by B. G. Hennessy
Construction by Sally Sutton