Take Learning Outdoors with PLYMC
Whether you have a baby, toddler, or big kid at home the following outdoor learning activities are fun and adaptable for all ages!
PLYMC’s Story Trails: Take a walk and read a book at one of the Library’s Story Trials! The Story Trail includes pages of a picture book mounted on numbered signs. Families can walk, read, and enjoy the outdoors! Each sign also features an activity or question to get readers invested in the story. You can find these Story Trails at Boardman Park, the Canfield Library and the Poland Library, the East Library, and the Tri-Lakes Library.
Read a Book Outdoors: Grab your favorite chair, blanket, or hammock and read some books outside!
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Turn any walk or hike into a learning experience by making it a scavenger hunt! Look for opposites (rough, smooth, big, small, hot, cold, etc.), colors, bugs, animals, habitats, etc. Make sure you discuss what you see!
Sidewalk Chalk: Practice writing letters, numbers, sight words, addition, subtraction, etc.
Word/Number Splash: write letters, numbers, and/or sight words using sidewalk chalk and then splash them away with a bucket of water, garden hose, or squirt gun! The same activity could also be used to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division!
Word/Number Scrub: write letters, numbers, and/or sight words using sidewalk chalk and then scrub them away with a wet sponge or a hand broom. The same activity could also be used to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division!
Check out this book, Sidewalk Chalk, Outdoor Fun and Games for more sidewalk chalk activities.
You can also sign up to “Chalk Our Walks” at the Springfield Library on June 11th. Click here to find a time that will work for you and your family!
Hopscotch: create a hopscotch board (or several) using letters, numbers, sight words, and/or math facts!
Learn about Bubbles: Talk with your children about how bubbles are made and try to make your own bubbles! Kids of all ages will love this outdoor activity! You could even challenge your children to count as many bubbles as they can before they POP!
Check out this website for more information about bubbles and activities you can do with them!
Click here to view a book list on Bibliocommons. A few featured books are listed below. These books are available from PLYMC in print or as eBooks!
Written By: Kelly Doudna
Written By: Meg Gaertner
Written By: Robert Gardner
Written By: Margaret Mahy
Written By: Lisa Wheeler
Written By: Mo Willems
Water Table Fun: Water tables allow children to let loose and have fun while developing problem solving skills, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, and language. Activities like pouring water from cup to cup serve as building blocks for future understanding of science concepts.
Here are some places around the Mahoning Valley that you and your family can visit to complete one or all of the activities listed above! Click on the links to learn more about each place!