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Play in the Early Years: Outdoor Play

Ideas for new and exciting outdoor play

A book full of ideas for new and exciting outdoor play. All activities are linked to the EYLF, and come with advice on planning and managing outdoor play sessions.

Ages: 2-7 | Pages: 60 | Code: TS0184 | ISBN: 9781921613326

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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban was the Foundation Mooroolbeek Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and in 2021, she was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.




The value of outdoor play5
Best practice8
Planning for outdoor play10
Supporting outdoor play16
Resources to support outdoor play22
An outdoor curriculum based around story books29
Learning Outcome 1 – Identity32
Outdoor art gallery, Stations, Make a bridge, Soapy Sand
Learning Outcome 2 – Community34
What am I, Changing seats, Water chain, Blindfolded walk, Wheelchair play, Bug/minibeast hunt, Photos hide and seek, Snapshot, Planting seeds, Sounds, Painters and decorators, Runaround possum
Learning Outcome 3 – Wellbeing40
Desert island scenario, The dressing up game, The circus comes to town, Messages, Scavengers, Parachute games, Aiming and throwing, Threading, Streamer, Vehicles
Learning Outcome 4 – Learning46
In the pond, Kim’s game with a difference!, Weather watch, Make a go-kart, Cardboard box city, Planks crates and tyres, Make a miniature garden, Clay modelling, Texture rubbing, Smelly boxes, Making M
Learning Outcome 5 – Communication53
Letter hunt, Writing in mud/sand, Magic carpet journey, Message in a bottle, Letter from a lost teddy, The rope walk, Stepping stones, The old woman who lived in a shoe, The circle game, Treasure hunt
Further reading60