Getting outdoors is so important for children. It assists in the development of curiosity and enquiry and enables children to connect and interact with their community and feel a sense of belonging.
It’s also important for your child’s health, with the outdoors offers many physical and mental benefits.
Read our list of top outdoor activities for children – they’re simple, free and fun for the whole family!
Playing with water is a great experience for children of all ages, and the learning opportunities just seem to ‘flow’! Water can change its form, temperature, shape and volume quickly and easily – so it really is an ideal real-world play experience.
Getting your child involved in gardening is a great learning experience. Gardening with children is also a chance to get their hands dirty – which we all know they love to do. They will also practice patience, as their plants may take weeks or months to sprout. Once it’s time to harvest your crops, enjoy them on a healthy outdoor picnic!
‘Tricky play’ refers to the physical and mental challenges associated with experiences that encourage children to try new things and test their limits to grow and learn. Activities such as climbing a fort, leaping from log to log, or rolling downhills are great. These experiences will help your child develop their coordination, balance, and fine and gross motor skills.
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