Outdoor Classroom Day

This year outdoor classroom day is May 20th 2021. Outdoor Classroom day is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. On two days of action each year, teachers take children outdoors to play and learn. All year round, the Outdoor Classroom Day community campaigns for more time outdoors every day.

Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before and this is affecting their health, well being and development. Time outdoors – on Outdoor Classroom Day and every day – will make children happier and healthier, as well as equipping them with the skills they need for life.

Benefits of outdoor classroom day include:

  • Develops key skills for life
  • Gives better understanding of the environment
  • Enhances engagement with learning
  • Increases physical and mental health.

By getting involved in the days of action, you help send a message to the world that time outdoors every day is important for every child. You also help achieve these longer-term shared campaign goals:

  • Outdoor learning is part of every school day
  • A constant minimum target for recess/playtime
  • Schools to advocate for more time outdoor 

From 2016 - 2020 since outdoor classroom day began the movement has grown from 500,000 children to 10 million globally. Below is an image of some of the impact to date:

 Whether you’re looking for outdoor lesson ideas for school, play ideas to do at home, or guidance on making outdoor learning and play part of every day, you’ll find it here on the outdoor classroom day website!

 

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