Thursday, February 21, 2013

3 top places for outdoor play ideas

Children doing your head in?

Head outside to play.

So many of the behaviour management challenges that we experience either at home or in an early childhood setting fade away if we "take away the walls."

Stuck for ideas on what to do once you head out the door?

Here are some places to go for oodles of outdoor play inspiration, whether it is your backyard, the park, your local bushland or the preschool playground:

1.  Play Outside!

With over 500 play categorised into age and play categories, Play Outside! is an ever expanding data base of  unique outdoor play and learning resources, tips, tools, blogs and ideas gathered together from around the blogosphere.

Whether you are a preschool teacher, parent, grandparent or caregiver you will find everything from sand play and gardening ideas to building and creative experiences - and so much more in between. 

2.  Pinterest

Click on the image to take you to my favorite places for outdoor play inspiration on Pinterest.

Learning for Life

Bought to you by the fabulous Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Flights of Whimsy, Learning for Life and The Golden Gleam and Making Boys Men, this is a link up that celebrates outdoor play.  Join in with your own ideas, or find inspiration from the ideas of others.

So what are you waiting for?  Head outside to play!


Do you have a place you go to find outdoor play ideas?  I'd love you to share them in the comments.


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  2. Love the comment above Jenny!!! Thanks for such a lovely post, it is so selfless of you to sahre so much & promote others, thanks so much.

    1. Not at all Kierna (but thank you any way). It is sharing the love that makes the blogging world go round!

  3. Thank you so much for coming by! I just love the post that I found when I came here to discover you, too! What a great saying! I agree fully -- nature does magic for kids!

    1. Well I'm happy to have discovered you too!

  4. Love this great pull-together of all things outdoors! Excellent pinterest boards (I so love Debi and all her wonderful ideas for outdoor learning and play!) I also enjoy the resources from Nature Rocks!, Discover the Forest and the Jr. Ranger programs to encourage families to get outside. Glad to connect to another nature lover!

  5. So honored to have the Outdoor Play Party featured on your site! It is wonderful to have the support of bloggers who have such a passion for outdoor play.

    And I so agree with your quote of bouncing off the walls. I have VERY energetic kiddos and inside they can drive me crazy but outside they can channel their energy in a more positive way.

  6. These are wonderful places to discover ideas. I was inspired at the start of the year by Rebecca Cohen and her 365 ideas for outdoor play and we are doing 15 minutes minimum outside every single day (not yet had a day where we did less than a hour). I'm documenting it all on my other blog - a lot of our outdoor play is simple pottering and playing in the garden but as toddlers and early preschoolers both love the freedome to do what they want.