Outdoor Classrooms & Shelters
Take Learning to All New Places With Our Outdoor Classrooms and Shelters
Our outdoor classrooms and shelters provide an engaging outdoor space for children to listen, learn, and collaborate. Taking teaching outside keeps children engaged, and nothing gets a child more excited about learning than taking them outside of their usual environment. Our outdoor classrooms and sail canopies for schools can also be used as shelters or reading areas, where children can feel comfortable relaxing.
Why Outdoor Play
We always seek to improve a school’s outdoor environment, as we believe firmly in the philosophy of outdoor learning. We normally do this through Outdoor Fitness Playground Equipment, such as climbing frames or clamber stacks. There is a lot of science behind why outdoor play is so good during the development of children, and we are on top of it all!
Outdoor play enables children to enjoy the natural environment and learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and playful activity. There is something fundamentally healthy about surrounding yourself in an outdoor environment. Children who engage in lots of physical activities at school tend to partake in more energetic activities at home, while children who have childcare and school experiences that lack active physical activity are more likely to engage in sedentary behaviours at home, such as watching TV and using the computer more than they should.
Children who learn to enjoy the outdoors have a much higher likelihood of becoming adults who enjoy hiking, gardening, jogging, bicycling, mountain climbing, or any other outdoor endeavours. This means outdoor learning supports two areas: overall health and general environmental sensory development. We must all learn to care for and protect the environment, and exposing children to the natural world through outdoor play can truly help the future become greater.
What We Offer
Playing outside helps children to develop their learning abilities. By putting educational equipment outdoors, children are soon learning through play, which is a fun way of helping children to learn new information and skills. As well as this, outdoor learning encourages children to think of learning as an ongoing process, instead of just something done in the classroom.
At Red Monkey Play, we aim to encourage children to play outdoors as much as possible through an extensive range of the best outdoor play equipment available. To complement our climbing frames and more traditional playground equipment, we also have a beautiful range of outdoor classrooms and shelters.
Our outdoor classrooms or Earth Pods are the perfect way to combine the outdoors with structured classroom learning. Versatile by nature, it can be transformed to suit many scenarios: a reading snug for quiet time or an outdoor classroom for a sheltered and engaging learning zone, outside of the traditional classroom.
Alongside a dedicated space for a class, we create less structured outdoor spaces and shelters. This includes amphitheatres, where children can get in touch with their dramatic side and act out situations, as well as canopies, which seamlessly extend learning spaces to the outdoors.
We also create a fantastic Treehouse Classroom. This outdoor shelter was perfect for the Delves infant and nursery ecozone that we designed and created for this school. Large enough to hold a whole class of children, the lookout platform allows them to observe their surroundings high within the trees, perfect for when you want the kids to have the chance to take in their area.
There are numerous health benefits to playing outside. With more room to play in, children are often more active when outside, which helps them to build strong bones and good fitness levels, while also enabling them to burn off extra energy and calories. Also, being in the sunshine even during winter, children will naturally absorb more vital vitamin D, a common lack which can lead to Rickets.
Get In Touch Today
Are you interested to transform your outdoor play spaces with our outdoor classrooms and shelters? At Red Monkey Play, we can help you combine any learning space with the great outdoors. All you need to do is to Book A Free Consultation where we can show you exactly how we’ll create your bespoke outdoor spaces, thanks to our consultative playground design service! In the meantime, have a look at our Case Studies on our website to see exactly what we’ve done for other schools and nurseries throughout the UK.