Happy New Year and welcome back to the Lilypad!

 

We are excited to kickstart the new year with fun and interactive learning! There’s nothing more exciting than new and interesting activities to look forward to in school. Learning doesn’t have to be confined within the classroom and as you get your students warmed up for a new schooling year, here are some interesting activities outside the classroom to get students back into the groove for school:

 

Texture Scavenger Hunt

How it works: Place nature objects with different textures in several paper bags. You could put a leaf, a stick and a stone. Have students close their eyes and feel each object. Then send them outside to find objects with a similar texture. As they find matching objects, introduce words like pointy, bumpy and smooth.

How it promotes learning: All of these new words will expand students’ vocabulary. Identifying between different textures also support fine-motor skills like colouring and writing.

 

The Chalk Jump

How it works: Use chalk to write numbers and letters in different colours on the ground. Then ask kids to jump on the number, letter or colour that is called out.

How it promotes learning: This activity helps develop gross-motor skills, counting skills and letter, number and colour recognition.

 

“Simon Says” Dance Party

How it works: Head outside with some music and host a dance party! Give short instructions for nature-based dance moves like “wriggle like a worm”, “twist like a leaf” and “flap your arms like a bird”.

How it promotes learning: Students get to practice simple instructions while being active! Dance actions help students develop body awareness, coordination and balance.

 

Writing With The Five Senses

How it works: After a quick mini-lesson on the five senses and how they can be used to help visualize stories, take students outside to record what they see, feel, hear, smell and taste, if they were tasting anything. Take it a step further by asking them to write a fictional or personal narrative that takes place in the same place they just explored. Have them incorporate their sensory details into their writing.

How it promotes learning: Students learn about the five senses and become more aware of their surroundings. They also realise how their surroundings can be narrated into a story, whether fictional or based on a personal experience. This activity also develops their creativity in story-telling.

 

Riddle-Me-This

How it works: This activity is perfect for upper elementary students. Students will choose an object that they see outside and create riddles describing the object without actually naming it. Students then exchange riddles among one another and look for clues and details that determine what the object is being described. They can write what they think the object is.

How it promotes learning: This activity helps students relate objects with words that can be used to describe the object, expanding their understanding of the object and their vocabulary.

 

Try these out with your students! Remember to stay tuned as our Frog Championships Back-To-School Student Challenge will be kick-starting soon! Follow us on social media for more updates.