This is the fourth post in my little Nature Study Series. You can find the other three posts here:
What a child digs for becomes his own possession.
Nature Play is simply playing out in nature. Nature play is just being within the natural world, exploring whatever you see and playing with parts of nature. This is one of my kids’ favourite things to do. I see people taking their kids on hikes or to natural park area and they bring along different toys to play with, not me!!! To me bringing toys is a waste of my time and effort. Kids learn so much by being in, and touching nature; why rob them of that experience.
Charlotte Mason thought playing outside was so important she suggested that kids do it 4-5 hours a day! Seriously! As long as the weather is suitable… and winter is not an excuse to trap ourselves inside for an entire season (FYI I am speaking to myself more than anyone else in this department :P)
Where to Play:
- stream or river
- farmland (make sure you check with the farmer first)
Let’s be honest, any patch of land, with any kind of nature on it will work. Step out of your comfort zone! Also, I didn’t know there were so many different types of natural areas to play in! My hubby totally helped with this list!
Nature Play, How-To:
- get outside, with just yourself! No toys, no journals, nothing, just you and your kids
- touch some moss (Anders’ favourite things to do!)
- build a forest fort
- dig, find out what is under the dirt, see what you can find!
- explore off the beaten path,
- hide and seek
- climb up, under, and through fallen trees, or use them as balance beams
- dam a stream
- find a pond to explore or catch critters in it
- make a nature band, find items in nature to make musical instruments
That’s it! Just play in, and with nature! Fun, hey? But now for the hard part… I am going to give you a challenge this week and I want you to report back, WITH A COMMENT BELOW!!!! I challenge you to say YES! I did last week and it was a beautiful thing!
…drink coffee, love your kids ♥