Outcomes and Strategies

course11-lesson5-photo1Outcomes do not have to be considered prior to creating experiences but can be identified after the experience has occurred. Outcomes are expectations set for children. Considering outcomes related to outdoor experiences may be a requirement set by a workplace or a jurisdiction and may be related to a provincial framework for early learning. Outcomes are the same as objectives but different than goals. Goals are broad and long-term. Goals are not meant to be reached after one experience. Goals can be accompanied by outcomes/objectives. Both should be written with a measurable action verb. Outcomes/objectives can be measured after one experience. If these are set before an experience, early learning teachers may not see developing interests and emerging ideas as they will be focused on assessing the goals and outcomes/objectives. Take a look at this photo of an experience outdoors. The goal is that children will develop an appreciation for nature. This is not measurable after this one experience as it is long term. Outcomes and objectives can be determined from this experience. Using action verbs like discovering, engaging, building, creating, designing, organizing, constructing and composing, what outcomes would you write for this experience? Note that these are action words related to the higher orders of Bloom’s taxonomy. You can find more at: http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/goals-objectives/writing-objectives now look at the photo and add your ideas for outcomes/objectives to the comment box below.



  1. Christine Norman

    Some of the outcomes/objectives of the play in the photo may be to explore and investigate nature or to practice sorting/pouring. The children are most likely communicating, interacting socially and possibly problem solving. The children may also be engaged in some imaginary play.

  2. Angela George

    sharing of ideas and materials – building friendships, self-esteem, respecting each others work and space, fine motor skill development,sensory texture , smell, design development

  3. Cindy Spencer

    Children are being creative, exploring and experimenting by mixing, sorting, and using their imaginations. They will communicate with their peers, socialize and interact and collaborate on what ideas to try next.

  4. Heather Diewert

    When viewing the photograph I see the following objectives/outcomes:

    – Social and emotional skills as children work and share materials together
    – Creative imagination as they create ‘cakes’ , birds nests/ mandalas etc
    – Math skills as they count items added, build up to create height
    – Practicing silence and meditation
    – Language skills as children discuss with peers what they are creating
    – Environmental awareness as children use natural materials instead of synthetics

  5. Hilary Geddes

    This promotes children to interact with each other and build strong interpersonal relationships that they can learn and play in a mutual setting this enriches all domains of learning

  6. Carrie Maclellan 

    the expectation is that the children will become more comfortable with the natural materials through continued exposure. An outcome would be the children will build relationships with one another, and the materials while feeling connected to the earth.

  7. Heather Brekkaas

    The students will use a variety of natural materials to explore the world around them in a collaborative setting.

  8. Rachelle Gregoire

    They are practicing lots of skills. They are exploring materials and art. They are creating something and have ownership over the process. Through the process they are communicating and working together which could help promote self regulation

  9. Dana Wilson

    Outcomes and objectives from the photo above could include: fine motor skills including sensory experiences, social skills including communication and relationship building. Cognitive skills such as math and science as they explore patterns and nature.

  10. Angel Huang

    Social interaction and peer relationships, communication skills, creating: fine motor skills, building, exploring and engaging with people, nature, and materials.

  11. Ruth Novak

    Social interaction, manipulation, creativity! It’s worjing on match skills and color skills as well. Science curiosity.

  12. Amanda N

    Children are exploring the materials and using their creativity and fine motor to shape the items they need.

  13. Amanda Christison

    I see an invitation to play and experiment with the natural parts. The children are working on their communication skills via sharing, talking, turn taking, etc. They are problem solving and manipulating the objects to create a sensory experience while strengthening their fine motor and observation skills. They are inventing, creating, testing out their theories, etc.

  14. Joanne Falk

    The children are organizing the pieces that they have and will also construct and design a loose parts material.

  15. Kimberley Thompson

    They are manipulating the materials in front of them, measuring , cutting, meal planning, using the wood cookies as plates and having a tea party.

  16. Alison Rinas

    Manipulating the various natural materials will allow the children to explore freely and create, opening stricture that support their own ideas and allowing them time to design creation that they can communicate and explain what they created building connection with others.

  17. Kamaldeep Sidhu

    This picture shows that children can use their imagination and creativity,share their ideas with peers and explore the nature through this activity

  18. Nadira Ramnauth

    The objective of this picture is to observe what the children will construct with the natural loose parts. They become creative and develop social skills when working together with their peers.

  19. Janice Duncan

    A play invitation will be set-up on a tray with tree cookies, pine needles, bits of twigs, and leaves
    The children will discover ways to create with the natural materials.

  20. Lucie Theroret

    we did that this week and it was amazing to listen to the children discussion between them they organise it, they count it, sort it out,they add their on stuff that they went and collect in the yard

  21. Alphonsine Hategekimana

    The picture shows that children can use creativity, manipulation, use their imagination, communication and socialize with their peers and respect nature.

  22. Heather Howard

    Children are able to explore materials, create something new, support and encourage their peers, experiment, problem solve, create patterns, ask questions, use all their senses.

  23. Laura Mcintosh

    In this photo children will be able to use sensory experiences to play with the materials. They are also working on creating and exploration within this activity.

  24. Patricia Lynch-Staunton

    Look at the photo and add your ideas for outcomes/objectives:
    Design patterns
    Negotiate sharing of materials
    Focus on the different elements
    Discriminate colour, size and shape
    Try out different strategies

  25. Jaclyn Geiger

    outcomes/objectives: relationship building, creative play, fine motor skills, textures & attributes of matter and math concepts of capacity and sharing.

  26. Nicole Morrell

    inventing, creating, imagining, testing theories, exploring and representing knowledge using multimodal literacies, taking risks in/for learning, exploring with all our senses, wondering and are curious, engaging with others, listening to and sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

  27. Ai Paul

    Children will have sensory experiences, design, math skills, social/emotional skills

  28. Romy Ralph

    The children will explore natural items, smell, feel and discuss with peers what to build or create with these items.

  29. Charmee Penner

    This promotes peer interactions as there are multiple settings, manipulation as there are tools that can be used, mathematical concepts as there are measuring utensils

  30. Taylor Aichelberger

    The children will make discoveries about nature and the natural world as they organize, design and construct the natural loose parts materials. The children will also be connecting to each other as they work collaboratively and build relationships.

  31. Jessica Popp

    children are processing, manipulating, organizing not only the materials but there ideas and thoughts.