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ideas for montessori backyard?

we sectioned off a part of the backyard for DD and put her sandbox in the area. 

We back up to the woods, so it is very natural.  We have a small container garden.

What other things can i do in the backyard to make it more "montessori-like"?

 

Re: ideas for montessori backyard?

  • For our backyard (and if we move closer town so I can start my nature preschool) I love the Arbor Foundation's Nature Explore classroom for inspiration. http://www.arborday.org/shopping/sourcebook/

    Here's another great site: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-7LSEHW

    They're not strict montessori per-se, but nature based exploration ideas.  I have a whole file of them on my other computer I can pass along next time I boot it up.

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  • This may not be exactly what you are looking for, and I think it's technically geared for 3 and up, but since you mentioned a garden, here's a link to the plant/garden section of the Michael Olaf Child of the World catalog.

    Also, what about a water play table (although the weather may not be the best for it right now)?

    I also read this in a Montessori training blog, in reference to preparing the outdoor area:

    "Hard materials

    • Rocks for washing with water
    • Fences for ?painting? with water
    • Stone flagstones provide a path to follow
    • Trees to sit under

    Soft materials

    • Sand
    • Wood chips
    • Mulch
    • Grass"


  • I would also give her a dedicated spot in which to just be messy - make mud, dig, stack, whatever.

    And then inside have a table or a shelf or something that's dedicated to cool "artifacts" from outside: feathers, fancy rocks, interesting sticks, etc so that on days when there is inclement weather you've got a little bit of outside inside.

    I love this:

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    Here: http://www.freeplaynetwork.org.uk/playlink/exhibition/playgrounds/frysja2.htm

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  • thanks ladies - exactly what I was looking for!
  • You're welcome!

     

    You should post pictures for us :-)

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