1 Hour For Nature Play

Encouraging play in all its wonderful ways is key to a child's development.

Pick from the list below and watch at they take on new challenges over time.

Bring the street games back

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Traffic is a problem we have to deal with as parents of young children that wasn't as big an issue for us as kids. But, there are still great "street" game ideas which will work well in the estate green, back garden or quieter corners of your estate or street (with supervision if necessary)

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Garden Games

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Check out the link for kids garden games to keep them occupied this summer

Make a Nature Den

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Challenge the kids to make a den - a nearby tree or large shrub is a perfect spot. Set them up by brainstorming together and let them lead the build. This can be as simple or complicated as you like. Either way your kids will love the idea of putting it together in your garden, green space or a nearby park.

Frisbee

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A timeless classic fun activity, works well with pets too!

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Ladder bean bag toss

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Try and get the bean bag through each rung on the ladder - first one to get them all wins

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Scarf tag

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Tuck a scarf into the child's waistband and play a game of tag. Winner is last one still with their scarf.

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Elephant march

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Pretend your a line of elephants, linked trunk to tail. Don't break the chain!

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Water challenge

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Just add water!

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Water balloon target practice

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Set up a target and see who can hit it with a water balloon.

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The Puc Fada

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See who can kick, strike, throw a ball the furthest

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Giant marbles or boules with footballs, round stuff, football golf

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Grab as many footballs as you can, and play a game of giant marbles.

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Limbo

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How low can you go?

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Water fight

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This one needs no explanation - grab what you can, fill it with water, get drenched!

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Blow bubbles

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Washing up liquid, some water, a bowl and a wand - hey presto!

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Bike/trike/roll/skoot

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Bring your mini-vehicles with you for a spin

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Skipping rope, play house, hop scotch, chalk art,

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Skipping rope are great at keeping you super fit and fun in a group too. Hopscotch can be as easy or as hard as you like

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Sport; football, basketball, balls games

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Who doesn't enjoy a game of football or basketball?

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Trampoline

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Try new moves, reach new heights!

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Swing and slide

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A trip to a local playground could be just the ticket to keep them happy

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Puddle jumping

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Put on their wellies. They'll take it from there.

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Fly a kite

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If you have a kite, get outdoors and have fun - if you don't - check out the handy download

Make a Tent

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A line of string and a large bed sheet, some rocks to weigh down the corners and you're all set

Backyard garden tour

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Map a garden map. Pretend you are a visiting king or queen and have your kids give you a tour of your new castle gardens

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Mud Play

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Creative play with new textures. Shrug off those worries - it all comes out in the wash : )

Garden obstacle course

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Have the kids make an obstacle course in the garden or local open green space

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