Picture books to support outdoor learning

Outdoor learning is not just an chance to get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors but is also an excellent opportunity to link together a variety of subjects such as Science, Geography, Maths, Drama, Art, PE and English. Choose a book from the list below and read it to your class to get them inspired before you head outside. This is just a selection of picture books (Early Years and Key Stage 1) that could complement outdoor learning activities.  It’s also worth mentioning The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do With a Stick and The Wild City Book: Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Towns and Cities by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks (Frances Lincoln) for ideas on activities to do with children outside.



Stanley’s Stick by Jon Hegley (Hodder Children’s)

The Green Line by Polly Farquharson (Frances Lincoln)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (Walker)

The Wild Woods by Simon James (Walker)

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (Alison Green)

Out and About Through the Year by Shirley Hughes (Walker)

When We Went to the Park by Shirley Hughes (Walker)

The Giant Carrot by Allan Manham (Orchard)

We’re Going to Build a Dam by Gillian McClure (Plaister Press)

The Lost Stars Hannah Cumming (Child’s Play)

Little Farmer Joe by Ian Whybrow (Kingfisher)

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French (Hodder and Stoughton)

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (Puffin)

Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth (Hodder and Stoughton)

The Storm by Kathy Henerson (Walker)

Snail Trail by Ruth Brown (Andersen Press)

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)


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