50 Nature Play Activities for Kids!

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At Eco Toys we’re big advocates of nature and outdoor play and just because it’s the end of summer it doesn’t mean that kids can’t get wet or dirty. In fact numerous studies have shown that playing outdoors in nature increases happiness, immunity (especially dirt!) and provides a whole lot of opportunities for pretend play.

So we’ve put together our absolute favourite nature play activities for kids. With school holidays around the corner, make sure you get your kids outdoors daily for their dose of sunshine.

 

 

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1. Autumn hanging mobile – Collect Autumn leaves and bits form nature to make your very own mobile.

2. Nature collage – Collect things from nature and create a beautiful nature collage to hang up.

3. Nature weaving craft

 

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4. Bark painting – Use water, mud or earth paint and decorate bark.

5. Nature water discovery bottle – Recycle a water bottle and fill it up with leaves, flower petals, seeds, sand, dirt, pebbles (whatever you can find in nature!) and water and watch the pieces float and move around.

6. Chalkboard tree-blocks

 

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7. Stick people – Collect and decorate sticks by either painting, wrapping clothes and putting hair and faces on them. Great for storytelling!

8. Rainbow Branch tee-pee.

9. Make a dirt sensory tub – Fill it with plants, rocks and a few animals.

 

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10. Play pretend Paleontologist – Hide bones or dinosaurs in dirt and kids have to dig them out.

11. Mud prints – Use hands, feet and pretend play animals to make mud prints.

12. Nature scavenger hunt

 

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13. Natural landscape play area

14. Nature playdough

15. Make birdseed eggs

 

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16. Make mud paint

17. Make an Autumn pine cone fairy

18. Create a rock village

 

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19. Build a bug hotel

20. Build a miniature fairy garden

21. Create a stone maze

 

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22. Make a fairy house from a tree trunk.

23. Get muddy!

24. Flower printing

 

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25. Build a rock pool

26. Make fairy potion

27. Make playdough patterns using grains

 

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28. Build a nature cubby

29. Climb tress

30. Make boats with sticks & leaves

 

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31. Make a bow and arrow

32. Raise some tadpoles

33. Build a insect habitat

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35. Make a worm farm

36. Build a nest

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37. Make a stick wand

38. Make mud pies

39. Make pet rocks

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40. Sow seeds

41. Stepping stones

42. Make gum nut people

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43. Make a daisy chain

44. Make a mandala sun catcher

45. Make a twig star

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46. Build an obstacle course

47. Make natural paint brushes

48. Explore a forest

 

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49. Build a mud kitchen

50. Build a construction area

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