Posts from the category: Outdoor Fun

Best of 2013: Outdoor Play Ideas

outdoor play ideas for kids

There's a little something for everyone in today's Best Of list - active kids, constructive kids, creative kids and pint-sized explorers...and their parents! - which is not surprising as I am a long time advocate for turning off the TV and taking play outdoors. If you are looking for inspiration and … [Read more...]

Learning About Composting

An Everyday Story for Childhood 101 | Teaching Children About Compost

This post is by regular contributor Kate Gribble of An Everyday Story. Do you compost? I realised recently, as I was peeling and slicing vegetables for dinner, that most of our general rubbish was fresh food scraps; wonderful, nutrient dense scraps just going straight into the bin. I guess I’ve … [Read more...]

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...]