Forts, Friends and a Hike : Learning in Nature

My kids love being in the woods. Period. They love hiking the trails, exploring a creek, and running free in the beautiful openness of nature. That’s what made yesterday’s short hike and fort building class so much fun!

So what did they learn beyond the walls and into the endless grounds of nature?

1. Teamwork– Constructing a fort or even creating real-life “Survival Minecraft ” with friends within the fort takes considerable about of communication, compromise, and listening skills.

2. Creativity– Designing and using only the materials found in the middle of the woods takes some creativity and problem solving skills to create a useable shelter.

My son and friends playing Survival Minecraft using a fallen tree as a base for their fort.

3. Physical Fitness–The kids are getting their exercise for the day. They are also further enhancing their fine and gross motor skills in addition to burning calories.

4. Science– Engineering , a little Biology , and a little Geology in our day in the woods. We did a little plant identification and gathered a few rocks to study at home in addition to to the forts.

I’m sure there are other things we learned but these are the highlights. At home we did some reading and Life of Fred to complete the day!






About Jennifer Walker, MS

I currently blog about mindfulness, meaningful life-learning, Montessori and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
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