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Putting the play in playlists, parents of young children are missing out if they haven’t yet discovered Nature Play CBR’s playlists.
If you were drawing up a list to inspire kids to play outside, what would you include? Chances are you’ve already done this a hundred times over this lockdown—so let us take the reins.
How about creating a wind chime out of found objects? Or going on a hunt for different feathers?
How does putting on some old clothes and finding some mud to roll around in sound?
These are just some of the creative ideas Nature Play CBR has dreamed up for kids of all ages in their Nature Playlists. An ACT Government initiative to inspire kids to play safely outdoors in creative and unstructured ways, Nature Play CBR has oodles of resources when it comes to shaking up outside play.
While some of the items on their Nature Playlists aren’t able to happen now due to the current ACT Lockdown, there are plenty of options that fit perfectly within the allocated two hours of exercise. Here are some perfect for filling the final week of the spring school holidays. Find the full Nature Playlists here.
- Go on a picnic under the shade of a tree.
- Go on a feather hunt—how many different feathers can you find?
- Make your own wind chime by using items around the house.
- Head outside on a cherry blossom hunt.
- Plant some spring flowers in a pot.
- Climb a tree.
- Take a walk to feed the ducks (within your local area). Can you spot the new ducklings?
- Spend time lying down watching the sky. What different shapes can you find?
- Blow a dandelion flower and make a wish.
- Investigate the backyard or local park with a magnifying glass.
- Turn a tree into something magical! Decorate a tree with nature-inspired ornaments.
- Get up early and go for a bushwalk, listening and spotting wildlife along the way.
- Float a leaf in a pond or stream.
- Collect long sticks from your yard or neighbourhood and make something with them.
- Rock hop across a creek.
- Decorate the footpath or driveway with chalk.
- Run around in the rain
- Play with a ball at the oval.
- Grow some herbs or veggies in a pot
- Count the stars at dusk
See natureplaycbr.org.au for more ideas.