Top 10 Outdoor Play Activities for Children

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Summary: Nature Play Week (April 6-16) is an annual event that aims to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and engage with nature. Outdoor play is not only fun, but it also has numerous physical and mental health benefits. We’ve complied the ultimate list of games and activities, so your family is inspired to spend some time outdoors this week!


1. Set up a scavenger hunt


Set up a scavenger hunt around your backyard or local park for your kids to explore and find hidden treasures. You can create a list of items to find or hide small prizes and treats for them to discover.


2. Play hide and seek


Hide and seek, a classic game that never gets old! Whether played indoors or outdoors, hide and seek is a great way for children to develop their problem-solving and social skills while having fun with their friends.


3. Tackle an obstacle course


Create an obstacle course using everyday household items such as chairs, hula hoops, cones, and jump ropes. Your kids can race against each other or against the clock but make sure it keep safety at the front of mind.


4. Go on a nature walk


Take a walk-through a nearby nature reserve or park and encourage your kids to explore and discover the natural world. They can collect leaves, rocks, and other items to create a nature collage! Click here to see our favourite outdoor walks and parks to explore.


5. Get creative with chalk art


Grab some chalk and let your children get creative. They can draw hopscotch, mazes, or other fun designs on the pavement, without having to worry about the mess, as it will all wash away in the rain.


6. Plant a veggie garden 


Planting a veggie garden can be a fun and educational experience for children. It allows them to learn about different types of vegetables, where they come from, and how they grow. Children can also develop a sense of responsibility and pride by helping to water and care for the garden.


7. Have fun with water play


Water fights are a great way for children to cool off and stay hydrated during the summer months. With their simplicity and ease of set up, water fights are a great way to add excitement and fun to any outdoor activity or party – all you need is a hose or turn on the sprinklers if you have them. Make sure to always conduct water play on grass, to avoid slipping.


8. Sharpen skills with a game of skittles


Bring the bowling alley to your home. Skittles is another classic game that can be set up in your backyard using old water bottles as pins, and a tennis ball as the bowling ball! Thisgame promotes hand-eye coordination and teaches children how to aim.


9. Play 'What time is it Mr Wolf?'


What Time is it Mr Wolf? is a fun and interactive game that helps children develop counting, listening, and social skills, making it a great choice for playtime or outdoor activities. 


10. Blow some magic bubbles


Magic bubbles are a fun and exciting way to engage children in outdoor play. Playing with magic bubbles can also help children develop hand-eye coordination, as they learn to anticipate and catch the bubbles!

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