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Posts from the category: Outdoor Spaces

Literacy and the Great Outdoors: 10 Outdoor Literacy Ideas

Outdoor Literacy Ideas-Field Guides

This post is by regular contributor Debi Huang of Go Explore Nature. There’s no reason learning the ABCs needs to be limited to an indoor space. In fact, there are lots of ways to encourage a love of reading and writing by spending time outside. Here are ten literacy activities I’ve enjoyed with my … [Read more...]

Outdoor Play Ideas: Pirate Hide-Away

Outdoor Play Space Ideas-Create a Pirate Den

Today the lovely Renee of Adventures at Home with Mum shows us one way to add a wonderful imaginative play space to an outdoor area - by creating a secret pirate's den! At our household outside play is very important. Kids have boundless energy and a natural curiosity to explore so playing … [Read more...]

Practical Kids: Make a Worm Farm

Worm farm how to

Regular contributor Tricia Hogbin of Little Eco Footprints shares a simple eco-friendly project perfect for introducing children to the superpowers of worms! Making a worm farm using free and recycled materials is easy – easy enough that children can do it themselves with just a little help. All … [Read more...]

Building a Backyard Sandpit: Ideas & Inspiration to DIY

Childhood 101 | Outdoor play - tips for building a backyard sand box

When it comes to sensory play, sand has to be the #1 choice of both my preschooler and my very young toddler. Most kids love to play in the sand! And whether you choose a more temporary version or create a permanent fixture, it's really not that difficult to add a dedicated sand play space to your … [Read more...]

Creating an Undercover, Outdoor Space for Winter (or Summer) Play

Childhood 101 | Storage in our Undercover, Outdoor Play Space

Now that AJ is on the move it is more important than ever that she has time to potter outdoor each day. Unfortunately, the weather is cooling rapidly and I am not much of a Winter person, in fact I seem to be lacking in some essential gene that finds the cold and rain enticing. While our backyard is … [Read more...]

Our Favourite Outdoor ‘Un-Toys’

outside toys from recycled materials

This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. Our kids have a selection of commercially made outdoor toys. They ride bikes, play cricket and throw balls. They have a trampoline and a swing set. They have garden tools, and the toddler even has a hideously noisy lawnmower … [Read more...]

Making Space for Outdoor Play When Space is Tight

Mud play space - outdoor play in small spaces

This post is by regular contributor Debi Huang of Go Explore Nature. Christie recently shared some great ideas for creating an outdoor play space kids will adore and I thought it might be fun to follow up with some of the ways we make space for outdoor play in our rather urban, … [Read more...]

Kids in the Garden: How to Make a Fairy Garden

Kids in the Garden - How to Make a Fairy Garden at Childhood 101

Our back garden is a constant work in progress and we recently decided to tackle a small area between the cubby house and trampoline. The relatively small space wasn't being used and with no defined purpose it had become overgrown with grass and weeds while we tried to decide what to do with it! One … [Read more...]