Activities in the Outdoor Classroom
What Kids Can Do To Help
- Water anything (especially pots) with watering cans, not hoses!
- Sweep and rake leaves from sidewalks
- Pick up apples and dispose of them in the green compost bin
- Rotate the compost bin
- Coil hoses neatly, straighten the tool shed
- Wash the three work tables
- Fill the bird feeders from the aluminum bucket in the shed
- Weed, plant and prune - with PTO maintenance supervisors only!
What Kids Can Do Just For Fun
- Explore freely on garden paths!
- Find bugs, butterflies, birds, and worms
- Sketch, watercolor, and other art
- Identify prairie and woodland flowers with books
- Read, chat, and just relax
- Special craft activities described on laminated sheets
- Dig with hand shovels in the designated dig tree stump area
- “Paint” on paper with Pokeweed berries in the Fall (in one designated area)
What Kids Can’t Do
- Run, shout, “hide and seek” or other forms of energetic physical activity!
- Tread on plants (yikes!) by walking off the paths
- Walk close to classroom windows
- Use magnifiers to try to start a fire!
- Spray each other with the hose
- Harm any plant or animal - including bugs and insects
- Weed, plant or prune without a PTO maintenance supervisor present
- Catch bees
- Move wood branches and stumps to other locations
- Roll or jump on stumps
- Eat any berries, leaves, or roots (few plants are poisonous in large quantities)
- Make and fly paper airplanes
- Build a structure, e.g. a fort or habitat
- Climb up on tables or chairs