Now is the time to get outside with your children, whether it's in your own back garden or a local park,
perhaps a woodland or field.
Find somewhere fun to explore with your child! :)
Whether you have a baby, toddler or a young child,
there's plenty of fun to be had on your doorstep!
I have come up with a few ideas for outdoor fun, for different age children.
Some are games I used to play, some I play with my little sister,
and some I have recently discovered myself.
Starting a love of nature, is key to raising little explorers,
and helping them learn to appreciate and care for the environment.
1. Build a Den
Building a den doesn't have to be for older children.
You could always just make a little outside fort with blankets, or perhaps a little tent.
You can make it as easy or complicated as you like.
Having your own secret space is always exciting!
2. Let them run their own Cafe/Juice Bar!
This is one that is guaranteed fun for everyone!
I used to play this all the time!
Let your children open their own cafe, making meals from leaves, grass, flowers (keep an eye on them!)
and serving to family & friends.
Or as a slightly different idea, instead of creating meals,
they could use water too to make some delicious drinks!
3. Blow Bubbles!
Because who doesn't love bubbles?
You could either purchase a small bubble machine, a little pot of bubbles..OR
You could create some massive bubbles using a DIY big bubble wand!
4. We're going on a Bug Hunt!
This is one my little sister used to love, and it's so simple.
Get your child to draw a checklist of different bugs
& mini beasts you normally find in the garden.
Let them explore and search for the types of bugs (maybe point them in the right direction)
and then they can tick them off once they have spotted them.
5. Make a nature collage
Using contact paper, or paper covered in glue, let children collect and easily stick on various natural items they have found. Leaves, petals, twigs, feathers etc! So simple, but a lot of fun!
6. Make Perfume
Give your child a jar/cup with some water in, and let them put whatever they like in there.
They can make their own special perfume using nature.
7. Nature Treasure Box
They are used to teach babies how to select, touch and feel. It is a very simple but brilliant idea to inspire little imaginations. Babies and toddlers will love exploring the different items, and deciding for themselves which items to select and play with.
8. Open a Mud Kitchen
There's nothing better (or messier!) than making mudpies.
Using different utensils, cups, bowls etc to make different sorts of pies for endless muddy fun!
9. Make A Nature Bracelet
Make a simple bracelet out of masking tape, with the sticky side facing out.
Then go for a nature walk and let them stick whatever they find on their bracelet!
10. Water Play
Water Play is always a winner for any age!
Even if you don't have a water table, you could just use the washing up bowl!
Have you tried any of these?
Or do you have any different ideas you'd like to share?