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Outdoor learning in dens and shelters

By November 19, 2019Uncategorized

With outside classrooms, learning centers and other structures becoming more popular for schools, playgroups and nurseries our range of outdoor shelters and dens offers something for every purpose.

All weather learning and play is proving really popular with children as schools become more environmentally aware. Our range of play dens and shelters includes gazebos, playhouses, playpods, huts, teepees and various dens. All our outdoor play and learning products are produced using FSC pressure treated redwood timber that is guaranteed for 20 years.

Below you can see a before and after of a recently appointed gazebo that we built for a school to replace their old shelter which was looking a little tired. The open sides allow views of their surroundings while some bench seating allows the children to sit while drawing or painting. The weather wasn’t very kind to us but the new wooden gazebo shelter has a feather edge roof which helped us to keep dry ! This school gazebo measured 7meters by 4 meters but we build bespoke sheds, shelters and other outdoor learning buildings to suit your site and dimensions.

A gazeebo for school children learning

A before and after shot showing the old shed and the new gazebo

Brentor school where the above gazebo was installed love thier new shelter and said that they were delighted with the products and they were ‘excellent quality and will transform how we can use the field’ so we’re always pleased to hear that our outdoor play equipment has been a success !

Learning outdoors is a great way for children to feel inspired and learn about nature and conservation. Our larger outdoor classrooms will accommodate many school or nursery aged children allowing them to experience the health and other benefits of being outdoors.  These benefits often include improved moods and happier pupils as they learn to appreciate the outdoors, plus an improved learning experience for tactile and experiential learners particularly younger children who also find it improves their social skills.

Here is a wonderful wooden gazebo that we installed at another Devon school when the weather was slightly better:

Classrooms banner showing a wonderful Gazebo !

A beautiful wooden gazebo installed by Outdoor Play UK

Outdoor play is also important for the younger children and having a den or shelter adds to the fun and provides an ideal place for musical play or arts including drawing and painting. Other outdoor learning activities include wildlife studies where children can monitor the habits of different insects and mammals such as hedgehogs. The seasons can also be monitored with plants and flowers coming and going as the seasons progress.

Play activites such as our mud kitchens can be located in and around outdoor learning shelters allowing children to experience a wonderful array of opportunities including learning to mix, mash and blend materials while their scientific and communication skills improve and they gain understanding of how things work. Some schools and nurseries have also used water play items in their outdoor huts and shelters where making a mess or splashing about isn’t a problem.

If you are looking for an outdoor den, shelter or a gazebo for your school or nursery then please see what we have to offer here and get in touch !

 

 

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