Entrance your kids. Help them find magic everywhere. There are fairies, dragons, pixies and the occasional troll if you know where to look. By making the outdoor experience a magical one, we can lead children to developing their own sustained interest in the practical side of being outdoors.
Use natural resources whenever you can in imaginative play. Agapanthus flowers can become swords, cicada skins are the perfect brooch, a bunch of berries dangling from the ears are quite possibly perfect earrings.
Give them a regular outdoor project. A veggie patch is a great start. Or a nature journal, rain gauge, mushroom kit – this list can be endless! Check out my book for more fun ideas.
Involve them in your outdoor chores. Weeding, hanging out the washing, washing the dog, pruning, watering the garden can be fun when it’s a joint effort!
Take their indoor activities outside – lego, handheld computer games, books, colouring in. All of these can be done outside with little or no extra effort.
Encourage them to be as wild as they want. Let them learn that outside is a place where they can dance, sing and yell their little lungs out but it is also a place where they can recharge, be still and enjoy some ‘me time’; after all little kids can get just as stressed as we do.