We all agree that it is important for children to enjoy play time outside. Apart from improving their physical health, outdoor activities increase their autonomy, promote global psychomotor skills, increase creativity and help them to socialise.
Although the ideal is for children to go out to the park every day, we suggest some fun activities to do with your family or friends during outings to the countryside or recreational areas. They are all very simple and the necessary materials can be found in nature itself.
Tic-tac-toe with stones
This game consists of two parts. For the first part you have to look for stones, leaves or branches that you can use as counters. Once you have the two groups, e.g. three branches and three stones, try to make a tic-tac-toe by placing one of your objects in turn. Whoever is the first to make a line of three identical objects, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, wins.
Identifying objects and textures
This game is valid for all ages and consists of closing your eyes and touching various objects with different textures: grass, sand, moss, rocks, branches, etc. Say how they are different and name them, thus expanding your vocabulary. And finally, guess what you are holding in your hands.
The perfect activity when the kids are tired or we need them to relax a bit. Close your eyes and discover what you hear and feel. The wind on your skin, the murmur of the water, the birds singing, the smell of wet earth… Try to describe how it makes you feel.
We can improve our aim by throwing an object into a hole, trying to knock over a stone or dropping it on a pile of leaves. However, make clear rules before you start playing and you will avoid unwanted accidents.
A classic among classics, because what child doesn’t like to run?
There are endless versions: on one leg, tied to a classmate’s foot, with a spoon and a stone in their mouth, relay races… They are sure to enjoy each one of them.
Becoming a brave explorer is a perfect activity to discover the environment and keep their attention. Organise the challenges according to the age of the participants and set off on different missions: find a branch shaped like a stick, look for a yellow flower or find an anthill.
This is our suggestion, but the list is endless. Whatever activity you choose, enjoy it and share it with your children. It will certainly become an unforgettable family memory.