There is no better place for frequent nature play than in your own yard, even if it’s a small one. It is handy, familiar, needs no transportation, and is easy for you to supervise. Home yards provide especially good nature play for young children.
Their interests will tend to focus on tiny, concrete discoveries rather than the “big picture”. So while you notice the sunset, your young child will be looking at the “rollie-pollie” bugs, a sweet smelling flower, or a mysterious hole in the flowerbed.
There are some simple and inexpensive changes to your yard that you can make. But be aware that it is best if you are okay with a yard that looks a bit “messy”!
This month: Plants and More Plants!
What you need:
- Area in yard to plant flowers and plants.
- Flower, plant and vegetable seeds
- Potting soil
- Garden tools
Try to grow plants in every available spot in your yard! For the best nature play, use a mix of ferns, tall grasses, trees, perennial flowers, and shrubs. Native, wildlife-attracting species are the best choice.
- Gross motor skills
- Problem solving skills
- Provides “child centered” play
- Pretend play
Source: A Parent’s Guide to Nature Play, Green Hearts INC