Inspire your kids' imagination with these fun activities.
Children enjoy creating rooms, or even a whole house, if they have a little space outdoors.
This can be as simple as marching out an imaginary floor plan and then outlining it with sticks or long leaves. They’ll choose their favourite room and may well collect things to decorate it, such as their pillow and a blanket for a bedroom, or several saucepans for a kitchen. Shops are also favourites. Everything in the outdoors can be sold. You simply need some gumnuts for currency!
Relying only on their beautiful imaginations, this is a great way to spend an afternoon.
If you have a budding Harry Potter or Hermione Granger in the family, magical potions will most likely be concocted at some stage. Needing nothing more than a container or two, a bit of water and whatever is within reach (or provided by you), children can dream up some truly awesome (and awful) potions. Think soil, dog biscuits, washing up liquid, leaves, flowers, sultanas, food dye.
Children delight in selecting the ingredients and pouring them from container to container. It might, however, be offered to the family pet or they may try to store it under their bed for future use! Even if your child has never heard of Harry Potter, this sensory, unstructured play, with its mix of touching, pouring, collecting, earthy smells and murky colours, thrills young
If you have access to soft stone (sandstone, chalk, limestone etc), your children may like to spend some time pounding, grinding and smashing it to produce perfect fairy or dragon dust to add to their potion.
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Extract from Small Fry Outdoors: Inspiration for being outdoors with kids Susie Cameron, Caroline Webster & Katrina Crook. RRP$24.95.
Photography by Katrina Crook