Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day on 4 November 2021 is part of a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. Join teachers from around the world and take your classroom into nature.
Our new activity cards are easy to take outside and use with your students. They can also be adapted to be used remotely.
They have a variety of focus areas including wellbeing, movement, literacy and maths. You can pick and choose what will work for your students:
- Nature journalist – to encourage students to write about nature
- Orienteering – to encourage students to explore nature
- Sensory sound map – to encourage students to listen to nature
- Bookworm challenge – to encourage students to read in nature
- Curious kea scavenger hunt – to encourage students to discover nature
- Outdoor art projects – to encourage students to create in nature
- Outdoor nature moves – to encourage movement and mindfulness in nature
Download activities and resources
- Outside activity cards – English (PDF, 5,835K)
- Outside activity cards – Te Reo (PDF, 5,818K)
- ’Bookworm challenge’ bookmarks (PDF, 15,712K)
- ‘Curious Kea Scavenger Hunt’ lists (PDF, 724K)
Outdoor Classroom Day competition prize
Be in to win
Show us or tell us how you took part in Outdoor Classroom Day and go into the draw to win a class prize pack.
Post on either Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #TeachOutsideNZ, include your school or early learning centre name, and make the post public.
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t use social media.
Entries open 9 am, Monday 1 November and close at midnight on Sunday 14 November 2021.
For information, visit the competition webpage.
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Learning in nature activity cards
Our series of learning in nature cards are also designed to help you teach outside. These cards focus on wellbeing and getting active.
They are an easy, fast and fun way to get your class into nature. We’ve included Mātauranga Māori and curriculum ideas to take the learning further.
- Outdoor learning kit – create a nature frame, treasure containers and a nature journal
- Get to know a tree – connect to Tāne and note down your observations
- Mapping near, there and far – explore outside with your senses and map your nature
- Nature treasures – gather nature treasures to create, share and give
- Re-framing nature – take time to notice nature and take a different view of the world
- Nature sensory bingo – a series of bingo ideas to keep learning in nature
Download the activities
If you have any questions, contact us by emailing conservED@doc.govt.nz