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Posts from the category: Outdoor Fun

Nature-Based Play Ideas for Active Kids

Outdoor play ideas for active kids

This post is by regular contributor Debi Huang of Go Explore Nature. I’ve got a confession to make: Parenting my 5-year-old son is in a word, challenging. From the time he first walked, he earned the nickname “The Runner” in our family. He is full of energy. Seemingly boundless energy. So much … [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...]

10 Easy Ideas for Making Art Outdoors

10 easy ideas for making art outdoors with kids

This post is by regular contributor Tricia Hogbin of Little Eco Footprints. I like art with kids to be spontaneous and not requiring too much in the way of preparation, and I usually find that taking art outdoors fits the bill nicely. Here are 10 outdoor art ideas that I hope inspire some … [Read more...]

Learning from Nature: Amongst Living Things

Amongst living things - montessori thoughts on nature from An Everyday Story for Childhood 101

This post is by regular contributor Kate Gribble of An Everyday Story. How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way was one of the first parenting books I read which really resonated with me. It made me see differently, more clearly, and was my first introduction to the Montessori … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Creating an Outdoor Play Space Kids Will Adore

Outdoor Play - simple to make backyard balance beam

Whether it be at home or in an early education setting, providing thought, space and resources to each of the 7 areas below will place you well on the path to creating an exceptional play space for young children to enjoy. 1. Active play Space to move and simple toys and resources that … [Read more...]

Creating a Mud Garden

Creating a mud play garden area for kids

This post is by regular contributor Ali Wright of At Home With Ali. Sticky, gooey mud – it's a fabulous thing for kids to play with and get messy. But what if you don't have a lot of garden space or you are concerned about what is in your soil? We faced these problems. Our small city garden is … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Nature Inspired Playful Learning

5 steps to nature inspired learning

This post is by regular contributor Tricia Hogbin of Little Eco Footprints. My favourite kind of play is nature inspired. Backyard time, a walk around the block or a bushwalk provide the perfect starting point for days of playful learning. Almost daily my daughter and I go for a walk and look … [Read more...]