For the past three summers, I have wanted to take advantage of the daily outdoor play that this season brings by creating an outdoor classroom. I envision an environment that is attractive to my boys and provides opportunities for imaginative, messy, exploratory play.
Today we got started by decorating our backyard entrances with a great new discovery: Crayola Washable Window Markers!We also cleaned up the water table--an excellent yard sale find--and filled it with soapy water, measuring cups, and shells of all shapes and sizes.
Extra Credit: On the way home from the grocery store, we saw this easel on the side of the road! A bit weathered but the perfect addition to our new creative space.
Here's the June 2009 edition of The Write Connection, issued by the Mississippi Forum on Children and Families. A great monthly resource for ideas in your own outdoor classroom.