A daily dose of outdoor play allows children to interact with their environment, builds physical strength, and encourages kids to creatively solve problems. Shared below are Outdoor Play Ideas for Kids. For more inspiration, consider following Kids in Nature, a collaborative Pinterest board devoted to nature-inspired crafts and activities.
Play Outside in the Winter
With just twenty-minutes of outdoor play in crisp air, your child will sleep better at night. Being outside will ground and calm them.
Free Play in the Forest
Free play outside doesn’t have to be complex; you don’t need a forest or natural stream to enjoy it. It can be as simple as dragging a toy truck around in a sand box or playing tag with friends in the park.
Make Maple Candy
Learn to make traditional Sugar on Snow with snow and maple syrup!
Feed the Birds
In winter, food and water become scarce for many species of birds. Bird feeders not only provide essential nourishment for winter birds, but provide people with free entertainment (and therapy).
Learn Colors through Nature
Not only does this activity reinforce basic colors, but it provides children with an excellent sensory experience: soft milkweed, prickly pine needles, smooth rock, bumpy acorns.
Play with Sticks
Playing with sticks not only provides a child with a tactile connection to nature, but sharpens fine and gross motor skills and provides them with an opportunity to use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Play in the Rain
Puddle jumping provides exercise and is the perfect activity for children who seek sensory experiences, and perhaps even for children who need some encouragement in that area.
Create Art with Natural Materials
My boys loved creating Camouflage Art with paint, dirt, leaves, wood chips, and cattails.
Take a Nature Walk
I’ve acquired many tricks essential for taking children on enjoyable and educational nature walks. Whether your family lives in a city and enjoys access to public parks and gardens, or lives in a rural setting like my family does, making time to be outside with your children each day is refreshing for everyone.
Play in the Mud
Playing in the mud has been documented to boost a child’s immune system and lower rates of childhood asthma and allergies.
How do your kids like to play outside?