Never underestimate the power that nature has to ignite a child's curiosity, imagination and sense of wonder.
And we aren't just talking vast natural vistas here.
You don't have to travel far.
Head out into your own backyard.
Choose a preschool that offers outdoor play, all day, every day.
Feel the grass beneath your feet.
Lie under a tree and watch the leaves.
Lie on your stomach and watch the ants march by.
Collect sticks and build a house for the fairies.
Listen to the wind.
Dig for worms.
Grow some vegetables in a pot.
Go on a nature hunt around the block.
Head for the park.
Play in a puddle.
Catch the rain on your tongue.
“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.”
-Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth
Stuck for nature play ideas? These are some of my favourite places for inspiration:
- Go Explore Nature
- Nature for Kids
- Active Kids' Club
- Nature Rocks
- Greening Sam and Avery
- Outside with Marghanita
- The Grass Stain Guru
Or visit the Let the Children Play kid's nature play Pinterest Board and the Play Outside! data base.