Nature Play Ideas And Activities For Children
Nature play ideas – Mud play
Mud play is important for children to develop and practice their fine and gross motor skills, increase awareness of their senses, particularly touch, improve hand/eye coordination and develop their social and emotional skills, including taking turns and leading/following directions.
Nature play ideas – Ice play
Ice play encourages children to manipulate small objects building on their fine motor skills, strengthening the small muscles in their hands and fingers as well as developing their hand-eye coordination. It also extends on their senses and builds on vocabulary by describing what they can see and feel.
Nature play ideas – Nature pasting
Nature pasting encourages children’s fine motor skills, this activity gives them the opportunity to enjoy feeling the different textures through pulling, crunching and sticking whilst creating their individual artwork.
Learn more about Nature pasting and other activities.
Nature play ideas – Pattern & symmetry
The ability to recognize and create patterns help us make predictions based on our observations; this is an important skill in math. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations.
Nature play ideas -Sandy playdough
Playdough encourages children to work all the smaller muscles in their hands which assists with pre-writing skills and hand-eye coordination. By moulding and manipulating the playdough, children explore a variety of shapes and textures.