Halton District School Board Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds

Outdoor Learning

Spring & Summer Lessons K–5

Hello Halton Teachers!

Thanks for your interest in outdoor education. We are passionate about using the outdoors as another learning environment that supports self-regulation, attention, and focus while promoting motor skills, problem-solving, social skills, imagination, and creativity. Our goal is to provide hands-on lessons that provide more movement and sensory-rich opportunities to support your curriculum for grades K to 5.

For Kindergarten classes:
We will set up your playground with 3-4 varied opportunities for child-led play with loose parts and tools, as well as the chosen lesson with a smaller group of children.

Below are Four Lessons to Choose From

Jill Bienenstock Teaching
Whittling with Vegetable Peelers

Whittling with
Vegetable Peelers

Vegetable Peeler

Children whittle freshly cut sticks with a vegetable peeler. Children can make rulers, mud pencils, and stick people.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increase focus and attention when using a new tool.
  • Retelling stories with the creation of stick people.
  • Using the whittled stick as a measurement tool to support standard and non-standardized units of measurement.
  • Increase grasp and fine motor skills when whittling and drawing with their mud pencil.
  • When using a new tool children will be shown how to hold the handle, where the sharp parts are, and how it works to ensure safety.

Water Walls


Children can work together to create a water wall with tubing and connectors on your chain link fence. There will be construction challenges and coloured water to increase learning opportunities. There’s so much potential in such a simple activity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Math skills include sorting and measuring opportunities, reinforcing angles, and fractions.
  • Science skills include flow concepts regarding speed and direction of the water.
  • Filter concepts of cleaning the coloured water with provided natural materials.
  • Working together and problem-solving the water wall challenges.
  • Presenting their water wall to the group.
Water Walls
Stone Stories

Stone Stories


Children create and/or retell their favourite story by drawing pictures and printing words on flat, smooth stones and paint markers. It’s a great way to bring language arts to your playground.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Presenting and retelling stories.
  • Reinforcing the ‘start’, ‘middle’, and ‘end’ of stories; intro, body, and conclusion’.
  • Supporting fine motor skills.

Clay Creatures


Children can make a clay creature with a ball of clay and loose parts collected from the playground. The children can describe the attributes of their creature; what it eats, what it looks like, where it lives, and any other special feature.

Learning outcomes:

  • Math and science skills include sorting, counting, and estimating the collected loose parts from the playground. Loose parts include sticks, pinecones, acorns, stones, and leaves.
  • Motor skills are promoted when children collect the loose parts and during the creation of their clay creature.
  • Literacy skills are supported when children create a story about their clay creature.
Clay Creatures

Our daily rate is $1,500 plus taxes.

It’s best to have us at your school for a full day. We can work with 3 classes during the day. We work with each class for 100 minutes (2 class periods). We bring all materials.

Thank You

Jill and Margie

Contact us:

Jill Bienenstock

Margie Newlands