Here are a few simple ways to nurture creative outdoor play:
- Use “natural” toys: While there are many ways to bring added fun to outdoor play, don’t discount the fun that can be found with things already found in nature. Rocks, sticks, dirt, leaves, flowers. They all make great tools for creative play.
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- Encourage curiosity: Let them explore, let babies put things in their mouths, let toddlers climb on rocks even if you are afraid of scraped knees. Curiosity and exploration fuel creativity.
- Participate as a family: Lead by example, play together, and your kids will be more inclined. My kids are never “bored” or wanting to go inside to turn on the Wii or the iPad when I am outside playing right along side of them.
- Take time to explore: The outdoors has a lot to offer, but until you explore it you will never know. Take time. This past summer, we did some rock climbing, hiking, and fishing, but my kids favorite parts were the off the trails excursions to gather up rocks and leaves.
- Play outside regularly: Spending time outdoors in play here and there is not going to foster or nurture creativity. Even 30 minutes a day can get their creative juices flowing.
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- Make it fun: Kids prefer video games because they are fun. If you want to nurture creative outdoor play, it helps to give some exciting options.
You have the power to nurture creative outdoor play, but it starts with turning off the electronics, and putting on the shoes. Head outside and enjoy whatever it has to offer. Hike, bike, fish, treasure hunt, climb trees, jump in puddles. The possibilities are endless. But you can’t take advantage of any of them if you don’t go outside.
What do you do to nurture creative outdoor play?