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Day 36 - The Great Outdoors (creative ideas for home schooling)

For anyone new to this blog, the idea is simple - each day my boys (Joshua - 9 and Archie - 8) choose a stimulus that drives the learning. We hope that you enjoy the blog and can take some inspiration from what we love doing - making learning as engaging as possible!


The Great Outdoors

Outdoor learning has been one of the absolute joys of home-schooling. The boys have loved thinking creatively about play, making up new games and activities - including fitness workouts (which are exhausting!)

Today is all about celebrating the great outdoors.



  • Persuasion / persuasive adverts

  • Comparatives / superlatives

  • Adjectives to engage

  • Similes

  • Alliteration

The Task:

The boys were set a challenge - create a new outdoor theme and activity park, using any toys or equipment...all outdoors. The intention was to create a new, fun and engaging set of activities that we could play as a family. They did not disappoint!

With the activity park created, we then all took turns playing the games, completing the obstacles and having a lot of fun! We then set about our writing task - to write a persuasive web page advertising the activity park.

Before we began, we made a list of superlatives. A great way to do this is to play the Superlative Zoo. All you have to do is say what you saw at the Superlative Zoo, focussing in on using -est words. Here are some of the ideas we came up with:

I saw the tallest monkey eating the hardest nut.

I saw the smallest puffin chirping for the tastiest fish.

I saw the cheekiest iguana lazing by the clearest pond.

I saw the naughtiest squirrel karate kicking the tallest tree.

I saw the the squawkiest parrot dancing in the tickliest tree.

I saw the fattest hippo eating the biggest cake.

We then worked together to create our activity park advertising page. As we have not done a lot of persuasion before, I decided that we would explore this through shared writing on this occasion. We will return to see what has stuck in due course. We hope you enjoy!


The Fun Factory

Are you bored of staying in at home? Are you fed up of those boring games groaning in the cupboard? If so, this is your time to get outside and make your very own Fun Factory! We will show you our magnificent activities and explain how you too could have fun and make your own world of fun.

Terrific Tunnel

Tremendous teamwork activity! A thrilling journey around your garden, guided by a team member.

Watch out for those obstacles!


Are you bored of kicking the ball into an empty goal? Got no-one to play catch with?

Try Kick-Kat-ch - the world's Kick-iest 'Kat'-chiest game!

Dropping Snitch

Fed up of chasing that snitch? Discover 'Dropping Snitch', the answer to every Seeker's problems and prayers.

Forget about Quidditch - it can wait!

Drop that snitch - it'll be great!

Ball in the Box

Do you miss ten pin bowling? Here is your chance to practise those shooting skills. Loads of points on offer. And points...mean prizes!

Ball and Tool

This is an egg-ceptional game!

It is simply egg-cellent!

It is egg-actly what you need!

Basket Boom

This super, duper game will help you to learn new skills, such as aiming, throwing and scoring. The tallest squares are worth the biggest scores.

Duck Hook

Captain Hook would be the best player at this game!

Mud Madness

Mud, mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!


The twistiest, stripiest, loppiest, hoppiest hoola hoop in the whole world!

Balloon Badminton

Bash the biggest, bounciest, bubbliest ballon!

Roller Escape

Pull it back,

nice and slow...

Are you ready?

let it go, go, GO!

How far will it go?

Lava Limbo

How low can you go?

Only the most flexible, bendiest, acrobatic people will prosper.



Act like a kangaroo!

Mat Madness

Watch out - croc's about.

If you step on the grass, it will be your last!



  • Measuring

  • Perimeter

For our creative maths, we learned how to accurately measure objects and work out their perimeter. Here are the boys in action:


If you are enjoying this blog, please do share it and spread the word. Thank you to all of you who have got in touch and shared some of the outcomes from what you have tried - we love to hear from you.

Do tune in tomorrow for:

Big Cats

My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.

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