Montessori Outdoor Exploration

After we moved into our new house in March, we fell in love with the outdoors. Years of small spaces and city living left our outdoor need wanting. Our children LOVE outdoor exploration. We take advantage of any long weekend to spend time with our family outdoors.  I want to share with you some ways we explore our Montessori outdoor space this summer!

Exploring the outdoors is a daily occurrence at our house. Check out some great Montessori Outdoor Exploration ideas from

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”

~Maria Montessori

Dr. Montessori was ahead of her time in so many ways to include allowing children to do their own exploration. I love the example she set for us and have seen my children flourish because of uninterrupted outdoor exploration. Words cannot always explain the joy in a child’s heart when they explore some new part of the outside world. I hope you will find some inspiration in my children’s eyes and carve out time for outdoor exploration for your child today!

“Our earth is filled with wonderful sounds, scents, textures, tastes, and colors. Children are naturally curious, and love to use their senses to learn more about the fascinating world around them.” From Montessori For Everyone.

Kids in the garden has a special place for my heart. I have a black thumb, but am determined they will not the the same.

“…education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” Maria Montessori, Education For A New World

Catch and release fish exploration at a local lake.

“Maria Montessori gave children the greatest gift- she gave them the universe! She felt that no creature in our vast universe was to small to explore. Nor was dirt something to be discarded. She encouraged free exploration of the natural world to entice the senses and encourage learning.” From NAMC Montessori Teacher Training.

Our rope swing gets a daily visit. The happiness in their faces never fades!

“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instrument of man’s intelligence.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

“This kind of activity (climbing, carrying etc), which serves no external purpose, gives children the practice they need for coordinating their movements…all the child does is to obey the inner impulse.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Hiking trails are perfect exploration tools. They don’t have to be long or involved. Even just a walk in your back yard will do!

Exploration doesn’t have to be extravagant. Most of ours is done in our yard.

We have lived in apartment complexes before and understand the struggles for families there to get into the outdoors. Many apartment that are made with kids in mind have some sort of playground. That’s a perfect place to start. Not just the equipment in the playground, but the grass that grows around the fence, the weight of the rocks on the walk to the playground, or the color of the sky during your visit. If you are observing these things, your child will be observing them too. Take time to talk with them about what you see and bring to their attention the inch worm on a low leaf or the bird sitting on a branch.

The city is no different than an apartment. Weeds have flowers that grow in sidewalk cracks. Birds peck for food along walkways. The sky is always above you! All of these are outdoor exploration topics to help your child observe.

Even on rainy days we bring the outdoor exploration in your home! Bring the outside in. Home gardens. Clipping from outdoors. Window observations. All of these give the child the ability to enhance his smell, peak his interest in texture or allow him to see something new from a window.

Exploring the outdoors is a daily occurrence at our house. Check out some great Montessori Outdoor Exploration ideas from

Creating a world of exploration in your back yard is easy too. In the picture above we have some unused boards on the ground to make a balance beam.

We created a mud kitchen with inspiration from Racheous’s Loose Parts series.

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  1. says

    I love this post. Your yard area is beautiful. What a wonderful place for the children to play. Thanks for the quotes included here. “The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” ~ Maria Montessori This one spoke to me today. I know we are going to have a different day than was originally planned now.

  2. says

    I love the mud kitchen, that looks like years of fun right there. It is always so much fun watching a child really explore the world around them, they experience it all in so many ways. I always felt like both my boys were teaching me about the world around us, rather than the other way around.

  3. says

    I LOVE this blog post because this is so me! I always tell people that nature raised me. My brothers and I would spend all summer long at the pond and in the forest. We hiked hills, crawled through the bushes, rode our horses, and caught giant frogs! I aim to give Little Bee this love for nature everyday on our nature walks by exploring the insects and watching the wind in the trees. Pinned! :)

    • says

      Your childhood must have been wonderful. One of my childhood memories is of a nap I took in the tree in our backyard. Such a wonderful happy time. I hope you get some ideas for your littles to get them outside!

  4. says

    I loved reading this post as I think it’s really important for kids to enjoy the outdoors and get used to their surroundings. I’m hoping that our 16 month old will really get into this sort of thing!


    • says

      Thank you, Jonathan! We love being outside. Even before our kids would walk, they were crawling around outside exploring in their own way. I’m sure if you enjoy being outside your little one will too! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • says

      Thank you! We have lived in many big cities as well. The exploration was a little different, but still just as exciting. When we lived in the Atlanta area we had awesome paved trails. It was much easier to bundle the kids up and go out in the stroller and talk about everything we saw. My son loved counting the windows in the tall buildings. :)

    • says

      Thank you! Being outdoors is such an exciting time for us as a family. Just today my son and I took a quick tromp through our creek for no apparent reason. So wonderful to have a great connection to nature. :) Thank you for stopping by, Leila!

  5. says

    What a brilliant post! I was raised an only child on a hobby farm and this is basically what I did all day. Back then it was just called childhood. It’s a hard fact knowing that this world is so different than the one we grew up in. Thank you for sharing how easy it can be to get back to it. #teachmetuesday
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    • says

      Thank you! Our children are enjoying so much of their childhood outside. They rarely ask for screen time and then only use it for education. We have plans to move to a smaller home so we can spend more money on enjoying adventures and travel. It’s great to have you here, Dana!


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