Backyard nature play
Take advantage of spring break to let the kids have plenty of time for unstructured nature play every day. A few ideas for outdoor play spaces that encourage connecting with nature:
- A dirt pile
- Backyard beach or other sand play area
- Mud pie kitchen (we also love a mud bath area)
- Nature play station
- Water play area
- A kid’s-only zone (like a fort, tree house, or other secret hideaway)
- A children’s garden
Whether it’s in your own backyard, a local park or a nearby nature destination, find some time to let the kids do some exploring. Some timely activities:
- Go on a spring nature scavenger hunt.
- Create a fairy garden.
- Search for four-leaf clovers.
- Explore a flower up close.
- Visit a local garden or arboretum.
- Take a color walk.
- Make wind streamers.
- Walk barefoot through the grass.
- Arrange a flower bouquet.
- Do some bird watching.
- Camp out in the backyard.
- Head to a local farm for a u-pick adventure.
- Plant a garden.
- Adopt a caterpillar and release a butterfly.
- Fly a kite.
- Pick dandelions.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Have a picnic.
- Start a nature journal.
- Go on a bug hunt.
Support your local parks! If you’ve got a day free – or even just a few hours – head to a regional, state or national park. While you’re there, you may be able to:
- Take a hike.
- Visit a nature center.
- Participate in a junior ranger program.
- See some wildflowers in bloom.
- Visit a pond.
- Meet a park ranger.
- Watch a sunset.
How about you – what are your family’s plans for spring break?