Countdown to Christmas: Outdoor Safety and Play Ideas for School Pupils

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The countdown to Christmas is an exciting time for many of our children. Schools play a huge part in the festive feel for young children and adults alike.

We wanted to give you a few tips on keeping the little elves happy and avoid naughty elves ruining the day!

Here are some tips and reminders for ensuring your pupils’ safety while enjoying the outdoors during the festive season:

Weather Safety

  1. Check the weather forecast before going outside. Avoid outdoor activities if there is severe weather, such as strong winds, heavy rain, or snow. Check out our last Blog for ideas on indoor games to keep everyone entertained.
  2. Dress appropriately for the weather. Make sure pupils wear warm layers, waterproof clothing, and hats and gloves if necessary.
  3. Make it a challenge to see who can get as many layers on in time!

Fire Safety

  1. If you are using candles in any part of the school; have a designated adult responsible for candles and ensure they are placed safely away from flammable materials.
  2. Supervise pupils closely when they are using fire-related activities, such as building snowmen, those little pebbles can get nasty in the cold!

Outdoor Play Ideas

  1. Have a Christmas-themed treasure hunt or scavenger hunt. Hide clues around the school grounds or in a nearby park, leading to a festive surprise.
  2. Play Christmas-themed games, such as carol singing, ornament decorating, or Christmas charades.
  3. Have a Christmas-themed outdoor playdough or slime session. Our outdoor classrooms are just the right place for these activities all year round!
  4. Organize a Christmas-themed nature walk. Observe seasonal changes, collect natural materials, and create a Christmas-themed collage or decoration.
  5. Have a Christmas-themed outdoor art or craft session. Use recycled materials to create festive decorations, such as reindeer ornaments or snowmen.

We hope some of these tips help.

Don’t forget to plan for next year and have your canopies, outdoor classroom or forest school in place for years of festive joy!

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