Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. While we may try to shelter our children from the news around the world, they can’t help but sense our stress and anxiety. What better time than now for both adults and children to reconnect with nature? With this in mind, I’ve pulled together 10 great nature play at home activities to occupy bored children and help us find some peace in the great outdoors.
- Turn your vegetable scraps into a little nature garden and see how much life exists in the vegetable world!
- Get messy making and painting with mud paint
- Have some classic childhood fun collecting and then pressing flowers.
- Play outside with a garden xylophone
- Learn about how flowers drink with a colour-changing experiment
- Make some sensory potpourri from the garden, using anything the kids think smells nice
- Do some textured painting with nature’s paint brushes!
- Set up a small world nature play activity using veggie scraps and garden clippings
- Collect fallen leaves and pieces of bark and make some colourful art rubbings
- Practice fine motor skills and balance with a stone stacking challenge
Looking for more nature play inspiration? Nature Play Queensland has some great lists of things to do that you might be interested in!