Now, I know given the title of my blog & the motto of my class that I shouldn't have a preference for a particular type of weather BUT of course I do, I'm only human. This past week was really, really cold (for us) at around -1/-2 all day but it was dry & bright so almost the perfect weather for being outdoors.
It is so much easier when the children don't have to get on their waterproofs (26 children to get into boots, dungarees & coats is a pain but of course it's well worth it on damp, wet days)
On damp days we have to keep a lot of the resources under the covered area & it can get very cramped or else we can't put them out at all. But this week we were able to spread all over the playground. We had the large Community Playthings blocks out for the first time this week & it was great to be able to have them in different areas each day.
It had dried up so much that we didn't need wellies to enjoy going on the grass/mud area & the children loved the freedom to explore this area.
On Fridays we have our outdoor Scandinavian day - it means we stay outside as much as possible, only going inside for story & lunch. This week it was perfect as we spent 2 hours outside, we cooked some popcorn on the BBQ & then went in to watch some DVD's, had lunch & then headed outside again for another hour of play. The fire on a Friday has become a major part of our outdoor day but this time we just used a disposable BBQ to cook some popcorn. The children were fascinated by how the kernals looked before & after - it was like magic!
Some of the children enjoyed playing in the willow houses, making fires & cooking dinner. As I watched them I realised that if we had a pristine, 'safe' playground, they couldn't do this, as they were using bark chippings for the food, sticks for the fire & sitting about on logs in the willows & on the grass.
I do believe that this was a perfect way to spend a day & one of those occasions when I can't believe I get paid to do this!!
I'ved added this post to the latest County Kids over at Coombemill.