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
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)
Make a Nature Den
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.
A timeless classic fun activity, works well with pets too!
Ladder bean bag toss
Try and get the bean bag through each rung on the ladder - first one to get them all wins
Tuck a scarf into the child's waistband and play a game of tag. Winner is last one still with their scarf.
Pretend your a line of elephants, linked trunk to tail. Don't break the chain!
Just add water!
Water balloon target practice
Set up a target and see who can hit it with a water balloon.
The Puc Fada
See who can kick, strike, throw a ball the furthest
Giant marbles or boules with footballs, round stuff, football golf
Grab as many footballs as you can, and play a game of giant marbles.
How low can you go?
This one needs no explanation - grab what you can, fill it with water, get drenched!
Washing up liquid, some water, a bowl and a wand - hey presto!
Bring your mini-vehicles with you for a spin
Skipping rope, play house, hop scotch, chalk art,
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
Sport; football, basketball, balls games
Who doesn't enjoy a game of football or basketball?
Try new moves, reach new heights!
Swing and slide
A trip to a local playground could be just the ticket to keep them happy
Put on their wellies. They'll take it from there.
Backyard garden tour
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
Garden obstacle course
Have the kids make an obstacle course in the garden or local open green space