Taking Learning Outdoors

Sarah Seaman
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Welcome to the Outdoor Clay Explorations Action Lab, where the wonders of early years education seamlessly merge with the boundless possibilities of the great outdoors! Join our guide, Sarah, as she leads you through an adventure that transforms nature into an open-air classroom and clay into a gateway for exploration.

Why clay, you might wonder? It’s not just a medium; it’s a catalyst for creativity, sensory engagement, and connection with the natural world. In this action-packed lab, we’ll uncover the myriad benefits of using clay in outdoor learning, where fresh air becomes a canvas and muddy hands tell stories of discovery.

Imagine children sculpting their imaginations into tangible forms under the open sky, with the wind as their collaborator and the earth as their inspiration. Outdoor clay play isn’t just an activity; it’s a dynamic process that encourages sensory exploration, fine motor development, and the kindling of artistic expression.

In this Action Lab, Sarah will guide you through the benefits of taking clay outside, using it as a way to transition from indoor play to outdoor adventures. Learn how to harness the potential of clay to spark curiosity, foster collaboration, and ignite a love for learning that flourishes in the great outdoors

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Sarah Seaman
Sarah Seaman
Sarah Seaman Bsc/PGCE/MA is a teacher and the creator of the Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach. An outdoor learning approach designed specifically for those that teach to a curriculum and want to do so in fun, active ways. Sarah is an award-winning author, award-winning business owner of The Muddy Puddle Teacher Ltd consultancy and publishing house, trainer, vlogger and podcaster and a mum to two wonderful girls. Sarah appears weekly on BBC Radio Sheffield and regularly writes for many educational magazines with tips and tricks for outdoor learning.
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