Archives: Outdoor Play


DIY Children’s Fairy Garden

Whether you're working with a single flowerpot or a huge garden bed, creating a fairy garden with your child is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate whimsy together. Pinterest is...

How to make Playdough Nature Stamps

Playdough is wonderful craft and sensory activity for kids and this week we made our own natural playdough and collected things from nature to use to make patterns and decorate it. My kids had so ...

Tips for using real tools with kids

Giving children the opportunity to use real tools is important during childhood because it allows them to learn about and experience real tasks, just like adults. Children are naturally curious...

2015 Toddler Christmas Gift Guide

I'm so excited to share with our Toddler Christmas Gift Guide for 2015! These toys are our collection of our BEST SELLERS & most sought after toys and a must for any toddler playroom. Toddlers ...

Ideas for Imaginative Play Spaces

Pretend or imaginative play is an important and necessary part of childhood. There is nothing more rewarding than watching your child immersed in their play. Having beautiful and inviting play spa...

The Value of Imaginative Play in Childhood Development

 “The ability to play is one of the principal criteria of mental health.” Joan Almon Research has shown that ‘pretend’ or ‘imaginative play’ is an essential part of healthy and normal ...

Healthy Bugs for Your Garden

Are you inclined to stomp on spiders, flatten flies or squash insects?  Before you grab for that rolled up newspaper, wait, there’s more to these creepy crawlies than meets the eye. Some of ...

5 Tips for Springing into the Garden with kids!

Spring is in the air, and one of the best parts of Spring is gardening! For children, cultivating the Earth creates a direct relationship with living and growing things and Nature sets the pace...

12 AMAZING Repurposed Backyard Projects!

  Spring has sprung! What a perfect time to get out in the garden for some quality time with the kids and there's nothing better than a fun weekend project. Last weekend my son and I go...

Nature & Wildlife School Holiday Activities 2015

It’s winter and school holidays are here upon us in Melbourne, but that doesn’t mean that kids have to be stuck indoors in front of screens. In fact getting them outside for a few hours each day f...

50 Nature Play Activities for Kids!

  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 t...

10 Screen Free Outdoor Nature Play Ideas

At Eco Toys we believe that children need plenty of free-outdoor play as possible for healthy emotional and physical development. With school holidays almost here and the warmer weather, it's t...