Youngsters at Hickling Pastures Pea Pod Day Nursery celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day

Pea Pod Day Nursery children at Hickling Pastures swapped books for nature last Thursday.

Sunday, 21st May 2017, 3:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:32 pm
Gazing at the animals PHOTO: Supplied

The Pre-school celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day, a day to inspire and encourage outdoor learning and play.

Activities the children took part included building a tent, making bird feeders, experimenting in clay, building insect dens, toasting marshmallows and exploring ten acres of open fields looking at the wildlife.

Louise Slater manager said: “Pea Pod Day Nursery is held on a small holding with daily access to open fields and a number of animals including Danny the donkey, Gordon the goat and a number of other small animals. The children get lots of opportunities to take their learning outside on a daily basis, so we thought we would make the most of our fabulous setting by taking part in the Outdoor Classroom Day.

Toasting marshmallows by the fire PHOTO: Supplied

“Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjyoment of childhood.”

Putting up the tent PHOTO: Supplied
Enjoying the great outdoors PHOTO: Supplied
Toasting marshmallows by the fire PHOTO: Supplied
Putting up the tent PHOTO: Supplied
Enjoying the great outdoors PHOTO: Supplied