Our list of 10 in this bundle all focus on the theme of exploring the outdoors. There is so much potential for fun. Here are our top 10 ideas ….
1. Feeling crafty? Time to make a leaf hanger. You need a stick with some interesting nobbles; some string or cotton and a collection of pretty leaves. Thread the string through each leaf and hang at different lengths along the length of your stick. Suspend your stick by tying a length of string to each end and then put it on display.
2. More craft needed? Try your hand at natural printing. Bring a bucket or bag on a walk and gather anything natural with a pretty shape. When you get home, dig out your poster paints and paper. Dunk your collection into the paint and make some fun prints.
3. Want to chill? It’s time for some cloud art. Lie on your backs and look up at he sky. Take time to look at the clouds. What do you notice? Do their shapes remind you of something else? Watch as they move across the sky and change form.
4. Have a great pine cone collection but unsure of what to do with it?! Make some funky pine cone garlands. These look really pretty strung up around your garden. You need some string and your best pine cone collection. Wrap string around the base of each pine cone, leave a gap and then string the next pine cone on.
5. Fancy laying a trail? This is fun. Make a trail with twigs made into arrow shapes. Take it in turns to follow the trail to hunt for each other.
6. Want to feel more grounded? Try barefoot walking. YES, you definitely need to be careful of little feet and sharp objects but if you have a safe outdoor space, walking barefoot has some lovely benefits. We have a huge number of nerve endings in our feet and they love the feel of cool grass or smooth stones.
Next. Let’s mix things up with some games ….
7. Target Point. What you need: Collection of sticks and pine cones or little stones. What to do: Create target areas in a safe open space using the sticks for the outlines. Award each target a value eg 10 points, 20 points ….Take turns to toss your pine cones towards the target, if they land in the target, you win the points.
8. Kick the cones. What you need: A collection of pine cones, leave or natural resources. What to do: A variation of Hide and Seek. Make a treasure pile using pine cones or leaves in an open area. A chosen knight is to keep watch over the treasure. The knight closes his/her eyes and counts to 20, the other players hide. The knight must try and find or tag the ‘hiders’. If found, that player must sit by the treasure with the knight. Any ‘hider’ can try and release a person sitting by the treasure by running to the treasure and kicking the pile. The knight must fix the treasure pile before returning to the game.
9. Squared. What you need: Little stones ( or pine cones and acorns) and similar sized sticks. What to do: Spread the stones out on the ground not too far apart. Take turns to join one stone to another using one stick. Try and make a square or triangle shape by joining the sticks and stones. If you create the shape, you win one point. Continue until all the sticks and stones have been used. The winner is the player with the most points.
10. Leafy Lunch. What you need: A collection of leaves and sticks. What to do: Create two ‘dinner plate’ areas. Use the sticks to pick up one leaf at a time, carry it and drop it onto your plate. If it falls on the floor it can’t be used. Return to the pile of leaves and choose another. The first one to get 10 leaves on their plate is the winner.