An outdoor window walk

This is a simple idea for drawing children’s attention to the finer details of their outdoor environment…

I made these simple nature windows by cutting the window frame from foam squares (try saying that three times) and stapling a straw on each window for a handle…

The children took their windows and went outdoors to see what they could find by looking through their frames…

By looking through the windows, the children noticed things that normally, they might have just walked right passed like the way the rocks are all different colors and what might be lurking down deep inside the holes of that drain…

And all the different kinds of flower petals…

And this child happened to notice a tiny caterpillar too…

The children walked around and really took a close look at nature…

Some of the children brought a few of their findings back inside and we were able to use our nature walk as a way to talk more about the outdoor things we were able to see and to touch…

A simple but wonderful way to expand vocabulary and investigate nature…

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By |2012-06-07T22:18:43+00:00June 7th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

5 Comments

  1. JDaniel4's Mom June 8, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    These are so cute! I have made windows for the car, but not for walking. What a great idea!

  2. Amber June 8, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Oh, the simple things! Sometimes I can get taken up with “fancy” but it’s so not necessary! Love this idea. I think something similar can be done with my school-agers. Hmmm! Now the wheels are turning!

  3. Gina June 8, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Oh, I love this idea! What a great way to help the kiddos focus on seeing the little bits of beauty while they’re outside! Pinning for future use! 🙂

  4. [email protected] June 8, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    What a great Idea! My daughter would love finding things to look at through her window too!

  5. Claudia Nieto Suarez April 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I love your ideas, tank you!

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