Leave plastic animals in a bin outside (near the garden, next to the sandbox, next to a patch of trees, etc) -- when children go outside to play, they can use them and let their imaginations run wild! My recommendation: the children should only play with these toys outside -- that way, they'll look forward to playing outside -- make sure they run around too ;)

Leave plastic animals in a bin outside (near the garden, next to the sandbox, next to a patch of trees, etc) -- when children go outside to play, they them and let their imagination.forward to playing outside

Lovely resources outdoors (",) I like the simple bucket balance using found materials. The buckets would be great in a mud pit...

Lovely resources outdoors (",) I like the simple bucket balance using found materials. The buckets would be great in a mud pit.

Early Years Ideas - Small World Play set up in a tyre.

Dinosaurs in a Tire, Playground Idea. Early Years Ideas - small-world play set up in a tyre.

Hanging baskets for loose parts storage, what a lovely way to add to the aesthetic of the outdoor classroom.

Hanging baskets for loose parts storage, these would naturally drain after rain or sprinklers, so no standing water.

Building and using wooden scales in an outdoor playspace - Mummy Musings and Mayhem

DIY Equipment for Outdoor Play - Balance Scales

Make your own easy materials and resources like these DIY scales for natural play spaces and backyards with budget friendly recycled materials!

The dig pit - image shared by Early Years Learning. A dedicated area for some serious work to take place!

The dig pit. Arrow children to dig and dig. Children touch soil and may find some insects here. and using a shovel and pot.

EYFS outdoor provision - music area - stainless steel mixing bowls make a bell like noise - old xylophone dismantled and strung into a chain using cable ties and stretched taught using 2 hooks - old wind chimes suspended on string and hung in a box - wooden xylophone was once a bunkbed frame - cooling rack cable tied to the fence - silicone rubber spoons for beaters (not too noisy!) - and plastic ukulele because they all want to play mine!

EYFS outdoor provision - music area - stainless steel mixing bowls make a bell…


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