Here are some of the wonderful things our fellow bloggers are doing in their own backyards:
The Wonder Years
Two Chicks and a Hen
Bamboo Pole Bean and Pea Teepee:
Mud Pie Kitchen:
Tips for Backyard Nature Play:
Nature Play as a Subversive Activity is a wonderful article by the Green Hearts Institute that offers 8 playful tips for making urban and suburban living a bit more “play-full!” that include:
Throw Trash in Your BackyardA Parent's Guide to Nature Play
Kids love to play with a wide assortment of “loose parts” — things to build and create with, over and over again. Give your kids a heaping pile of sticks, logs, corn stalks, pine cones, large rocks, sheets of plywood or heavy cardboard, old tarps, etc. While you’re at it, lay a modest piece of scrap plywood in a quiet corner of your yard where it will create a dark microhabitat for bugs and other tiny beasties — just waiting for kids to peak in on!
Give Away Your Yard
But keep it in the family! Designate a chunk of your backyard as your kids’ play zone — the place where they can dig, build, plant, un-plant, hide, and cause general mayhem, to their hearts’ delight. Use your computer skills to create an official-looking lease, giving them all rights to that corner. They’ll love being land barons! Be sure to have a properly formal signing ceremony
You might also like to download Green Hearts' fabulous booklet called Parents Guide to Nature Play. It is filled with information and tips so you can learn about what makes great nature play, why it is important, and how you can restore it to your children’s daily lives.
The nature play movement is growing at an amazing pace, and it’s happening because folks all over the country are stepping up to bring outdoor play back to their kids. These aren’t people with PhDs in play, or Masters in mud. They are just individuals, like you, who care about how their children are growing up. Green Hearts Institute