Day Plan – The Outdoors

20th March 2020

Note: when I wrote this plan we were still allowed out. I’ve included the original below, but see also some amendments for virtual outdoor activities. We thought there would be a time when even getting into nature will not be possible, and I want to capture that here in the hope that it’s possible again.

The day:


As usual, motor skills, a little creativity and colour.

We will be watching a video to learn how to make paper dolls. I’ll have the first go and the 2-year old can decorate them, the 5-year old can then make his own set from scratch.


We’ll get a bit more technical now the kids are used to some reading each morning. First we’ll review the trigraph ‘igh’ with the help of Mr T’s great Geraldine the Giraffe series. We will read a book with the sounds we want to focus on (igh today) – like Flying High, available from Oxford Owl online (you need to register to access it, but it’s free). The website includes two activities you can complete to help with reading comprehension, too.

If you’re new to Mr T or to phonics, you can start at the beginning of Geraldine the Giraffe.


New post: It’s hard to get much into nature now, but some places are helping us get virtual days out. Chester Zoo are hosting occasional ‘virtual zoo days‘ that you can follow online or visit the Natural History Museum from your computer (you need to download the free Google Arts & Culture app).

Now that it is hard to get outside, the Scouts have launched a website with activities that have an outdoors feel but can be done at home.

If you plan to get out for a walk for your daily exercise, here is a good list of activities that can make it more fun for the children, from bug-spotting to I-spy.

Old post: Obviously excursions are limited, but National Trust are keeping all grounds and parking free and open right now and we’ve GOT. TO. GET. OUT. Find your closest National Trust property, and if there’s not one you can get to, try the Forestry Commission or Royal Parks sites, or your local authority will list recreation spaces (these are the sites for Kent or Medway).
The National Trust have ideas for kids’ activities on their website, but I’m just going to let mine run wild today because free play in nature is one of the most precious things you can give a child.


Ideally we will have a picnic whilst we’re out. The BBC Good Food website has a ton of picnic recipes kids can make.


Hopefully the kids will be tired and ready to rest when we get back. We are going to explore the online audiobook collection of our local library – you can find your local library website using this search tool. You log on to the site and search their online resources and there should be some great kids’ books available.

UPDATE: Nonna reads Spring Morning, a poem by A. A. Milne.


As always, the kids can choose what they want to do. If they have been inspired by the trip out, I might see if they are into this caterpillar camouflage activity or creating some flower power poetry, both by one of my favourite outdoor learning resources, RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

One thought on “Day Plan – The Outdoors

  1. I’m really thankful for your ideas and plan. I have similar aged children so this is very helpful to me! And despite being very experienced and trained in early years planning anything other than the basics seems too much at the minute with the stress of what’s going on so having someone make the plan including all the links for me I’m truly grateful. Thanks again.


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