Saturday, 23 November 2013

Outdoor Play Party - Guest post from Iceland

Delighted to have Unnur, my colleague from Leikskólinn Stekkjarás in Iceland guest posting for this OPP. Here she shares how the children in her school enjoyed the first big snow fall for this year earlier this week.





It was easy to get everyone out this morning, on the first day of proper snowfall with us this winter, we did get a day in early October but like I said that was just for a day. The 

kids came up with a lot of ideas of what to do. Some set up a business and sold some ice cream of course.
Ice cream shop in the making
Some made snow houses with some help of tyres and planks and some made a den with the trees we have in the garden.
Some made dens & houses as the snow fell.
One of the children had turned up late this morning and brought with it a thoturass or bum board. With only one to play with all the children got in line so everyone could have a go.
When there is only one bumboard everyone had to wait & take turns.
In the afternoon when we went out again, we found some more sleds and some of the teachers got to try this fun thing as well.
It was fun riding down the hill with a teacher!
We had fun making a snowhouse and in the making of that we found out that by throwing snow on the window we could draw on it all types of things.
Making a snowhouse & discovering we could draw on the windows with the snow thrown at it!
Snow art.
All this makes our little snow fall this week seem more like frost!

I was delighted to see so many new blogs linking up in the last OPP & I hope they continue to join in over the next few weeks too.
My favourite post was from How Wee Learn on using nature to help develop language. As anyone who spends time with young children soon learns, if you give them a context for new words they will grasp them much quicker & be able to use them in other scenarios too.

  • Any kind of children's outdoor play-related posts are welcome!


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15 comments:

  1. What great fun! It's great to see snow not stopping play like it tends to in the UK. If the children are dressed appropriately it's great that they can get out and enjoy themselves while getting some much needed fresh air. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. I know wouldn't you love to see teachers sliding down a hill with children in a UK school!

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  2. Love snow play - we went to an indoor snow centre yesterday and had lots of fun too.

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  3. I love the idea of the snow shop and the snow window art - in the UK we don't seem to get any further than snowmen

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    1. I wonder is it because the snow stuck around for more than a day? I was there in October when it first snowed & all the children were building snowmen, so perhaps they had that out of their systems by the time this snow arrived?

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  4. What a brilliant day of play. I love how they mimic adult life, setting up shop. The bumboard looks like so much fun! I would have queued up for a go too :-)

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    1. Me too! A few years back when we had lots of snow I did indulge in some rolling down a snowy hill!

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  5. i can see where Kierna gets her inspiration from for the outdoor play and ideas for the playground. i love the children making an ice cream shop and i applaud that teacher for riding down the snowy slope x

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    1. Isn't it brilliant to see a teacher doing that. I think we have both helped each other develop our outdoor play approaches in this past year & I love seeing how other settings use similar stuff but in a different way.

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  6. This just goes to show that there truly is 'no such thing as bad weather'! Earlier this year when it snowed, we spent two lots of 90 minutes outside in the snow in appropriate clothing and had a wonderful time!

    Popping over from Country Kids but linking up as always!

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  7. Thanks can't wait to read of your bicycling adventures. You are so right about the clothing, I have a post coming up just about that!

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