Let’s head outdoors and check out nature!

My students love to be outdoors as much as possible and they also love it when I give them little check lists of things to do. So I put together a nature checklist and we headed outdoors to give it a go…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

I just printed simple things for the children to do on our nature walk based on the things we have have in our own outdoor environment. I used Microsoft Word to create our check list and added a small picture at the end of each item on the check list as a picture prompt for the children to use as they worked their way through the check list…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

We reviewed the items on our list before we headed outdoors to put our checklists of things to do in action…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

Our checklist included things like follow a path…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

And smell a flower. Of course, my students wanted to pick a few flowers (or technically weeds) along the way too to bring home to mom…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

And we had to go down a hill…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

And find a bug…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

As the children explored the items on their nature list of to do’s, they also had fun adding their own ideas of things that would be fun to do…

Checking out Nature by Teach Preschool

If you don’t have access to typing up your own check list then you can do what my Instagram buddy over at Story Yoga did and write one up or invite your students to draw pictures to create their own!

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By |2014-07-15T06:00:19+00:00July 15th, 2014|

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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.


  1. Rhythm July 15, 2014 at 8:05 am - Reply

    love this! What fun!

  2. Christian Toto July 15, 2014 at 8:42 am - Reply

    We love taking our boys on family hikes. Never thought of the checklist plan, though, but we’ll try it next time.

    We’ve found it helps to bring other children along on a hike to keep our boys occupied. And make sure not to plan a hike that will push the children past their limits. Otherwise you’ll have some pretty cranky kids on the way back.

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