30 Minutes - 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.
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Blindfold senses challenge
Challenge your kids to identify common objects in a treasure box and scents from a smelling plate while blindfolded to win points for their team. Take the game outside to add in some Nature elements too.
Blindfold Obstacle Course
Each team has to direct their team mate through a series of obstacles to earn a point. There are many other activities to try with blindfolds- free kicks, hula hooping, shooting hoops, skipping, target shooting with nerf guns, walking the line - the list is endless!
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Nature Play Ideas
Build a quick back garden obstacle course
There's nothing like the fun of an obstacle course, or pretending you are all part of the Irish show jumping team at the Dublin Horse Show. It's just pure fun. Anything goes, once you have to hop over, roll under, skip around, crawl through or balance across just about anything lying around your garden shed!
Make a treasure map of your backyard
Get your pirates into action as they search for hidden treasure in your garden or green space. Have an older child or adult make the map first to show how it's done and then let everyone have a go too.
Get the mud party going
Your kids will have a ball when they get to have a mud party. Mud kitchen, mud sculptures, mud anything, (with a few snacks on the side) - happiness in a hammock!
Played all over the world - Recipe for fun! Crossbar challenge, chip into a bin or bucket challenge, rolling, kicking, heading, bouncing, keepie-uppies, it's endless! Challenge the kids to find 3 objects at home and make a new ball game with them. This idea can be adapted many times over.
Make a Tent
A line of string and a large bed sheet are all you need here. Weigh down the corners with a few tins from the cupboard and you're all set. If you don't have a tree, shed, fence or washing line to tie it up, just throw the sheet over a picnic table or a few chairs. Anything goes!
Backyard garden tour
Challenge your kids to map your garden or green space beforehand and get ready for a VIP guest. Pretend you are a visiting king or queen and have your kids give you a tour of your new castle gardens-using their map - before finishing with a royal feast outdoors.