Spring is upon us and summer seems to be right around the corner! What a great time to send your kids outside for some free play.
Here in North Florida, we didn’t have a rough winter with snow like many other states, but it did freeze a few times! As soon as it starts to warm up just a bit my kids are immediately wanting to go outside and play. I love sending them outside to play and it’s fun to watch them explore and come up with their own games. I have one child that gets hot easily and wants to come in after playing for only 5 or 10 minutes.
I have another who has a short attention span and will get bored easily and want to do something else. There have been many fights erputing outback over who gets to play what and what they are going to do next. To stop the battle and the constant coming in and out and slamming of the back door, I have compiled a fun list for you to use with your kids!
20 Ideas for Nature Inspired Outdoor Free Play:
1. Make a Nature Face – I love this cute idea from Make and Takes!
9. Collect Natural Art Materials – my kids love to collect pine cones and little acorns. We use these to make centerpieces for the holidays or to hot glue gun onto picture frames.
11. Collect Flowers (or Weeds) – my girls love to bring me dandelion tops and daisies and any wild flower weed they can find. They also like to decorate tables with them.
15. Tend to a Garden – we have a seasonal garden and everytime my kids are outside they know to go and check on it. They will harvest fresh fruits or vegetables or search for bugs that they need to pick off the plants. They always have so much fun tending and caring for their plants.
16. Sketch in a Nature Journal – Have your kids take some paper and colored pencils out and find an object to sketch!
17.Build a Bird Hide for Wildlife Observation and Fun from MotherNatured.This is something an adult will need to help build, but once it’s up this would be a great outdoor free play area!
20. Collect Materials for a nature table. You can designate a spot on your back porch for these materials or you can create your own Nature Table for inside your home. If you don’t have room for one, see how we do it here:
Portable Nature Center: How to keep a nature table when you don’t have the space