In response to the Get Outdoors challenge, a number of readers have asked me for suggestions for engaging their child in outdoor play. One of the simplest ways to begin is to take what they love playing with inside, outside Yesterday we took some playdough and figurines outdoors and before long small stones and shells were added to create a magic beach and a margarine container (from the sandpit toys), matchsticks and bottle top (with rocks and seed pods) to form a desert campsite. I suggest that you start with where your child is – what do they love to play with? What are they interested in? And consider, is there is a way to extend this passion by taking it outdoors? Set things up on a table, picnic rug or directly on the grass, step back and see what happens. Hopefully the change of environment will lead their play in new directions and incorporate elements of the outdoor space.
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