If you are looking for simple outdoor play ideas while the kids are on holidays, try some of these:
Ideas for Under 5s
- Mud pies – set up a simple dirt kitchen and let the kids cook with mud. Give them some utensils and bowls and they’ll be happy. Mine love using patty pans too (though they get soggy pretty quickly).
- Digging – kids love to play in sand, but don’t stress if you don’t have a sandpit. Let the kids have a corner of the garden to dig up the soil. There are all kinds of interesting things to be found underground.
- Rainy play – everything to a toddler is magical in the rain. Colours are stronger, surface textures change, there are new smells and sounds and tastes in wet weather. Gumboots are a necessity. Raincoats recommended, but depends on the climate.
Ideas for Over 5s
- Plant something – kids love participating in the whole process of growing things in the garden. It’s even better if you plant something that has an end product to enjoy (like flowers, veggies or herbs).
- Climb trees – didn’t you climb trees as a child? If you don’t have a suitable tree in your backyard, find a park that has some climbable trees. If you are nervous about allowing your child this freedom, have a read of my recent popular post about tree climbing.
- Creature Hunt – encourage kids to find the wildlife in their local area. Some kids will love bug hunting and enjoy using a magnifying glass, while others will be more focused on catching creatures! If you have an avid tree climber, you could let them take binoculars up the tree to investigate birds too.
If you are interested in more information about outdoor play, check out the Children & Nature Network.