8 Weekend Outdoor and Large Area Kid-friendly Play Ideas

It’s the weekends again and you are looking for some ideas to spend some time together with your ever energetic kids? Here are some play ideas that you can plan out an awesome playtime with your children!

Outdoor and large area play helps on all 5 areas of child development. Children interact with the environment and people in it when they play, enhancing their development on these 5 areas:

Outdoor play helps on all 5 areas of child development. 🄰

Children interact with the environment and people in it when they play, boosting their development in these 5 areas:

  • Cognitive Development
    The ability to learn and solve problems.
  • Social and Emotional Development
    The ability to interact with others, including helping themselves and self-control.
  • Speech and Language Development
    The ability to both understand and use language.
  • Fine Motor Skill Development
    The ability to use small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers.
  • Gross Motor Skill Development
    The ability to use large muscles.

So get your children and yourself into the backyard or onto the large walkway and have a blast of a time bonding while learning together!

#1 Scavenge Trails

Bring your children to scavenge with a list of items or a topic (for example, big and fluffy) while surveying and combing the area or the planned trail. Let them check the list or look through what did they scavenge after that to recap on the activity. This activity boosts the child’s identification and observation skills. Change the trail, area, list and/or topic for every single replay of the activity to keep it exciting for the little explorers!

#2 Shadow Play

Get the children active on a lovely, sunny day by chasing each other’s shadow and making different shadows with themselves and things around the area. Take out your camera to capture their shadowy masterpieces and show them after the activity. This activity helps them to discover creativity within themselves while learning about how the sun’s position would affect the shadows.

#3 Animal Yogi 🄱

Everyone’s a yogi when you can do animal yoga poses! Go on a observation walk or research on animal poses to try your hand on. Jazz it up by challenging every child and yourself to a different animal pose and guess what animal is that. You will surprised with their interpretation of different animals, pretty creative! This will enhance their creativity as well as their motor skills development.

#4 Seed Bomb Gardening 🄲

If you have a open area that needs some flowers for decoration, this is the activity that you would like to try out! Make the seed bombs with air clay, compost and different flowering plant seeds. Mix 5 parts clay with 1 part compost and 1 part seeds and a couple drops of water, then knead it into golf ball sized seed bombs. Get your children to throw the bombs onto the open area and then water it every now and then after that to see if there will be any plants growing out of the area! Not only this will beautify the area, it works out the child’s motor skills when they fling the seed bombs.

#5 Hopscotch with Puffy Paint 🄳

Do you have a nice and smooth surface to work on? If so, just plan a simple, old pastime of hopscotch while using colourful puffy paint to draw it out. Make the puffy paint with just 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of dish soap and food colouring—that easy! Draw out the hopscotch and have a ball of your time with the children. After the fun the cleanup is simple too, just use water to wash it off and it’s done. This gives the children a great workout, putting their motor skills to good use.

#6 Trampoline Fun

Who doesn’t like bouncing off trampolines? If you have some those lying around, use them to bust out a sweat session with the children! Plan out some trampoline moves mixed with kid-friendly jumping jacks and the likes and jump away! Remember—safety first—do supervise whenever there’s someone on the trampoline. This, too, gives the children a great workout, putting their motor skills to good use. Most suitable for children around age 5 and up.

#7  Walk the Plank

The floor is lava! Place a trail or circuit of planks to challenge the children to travel from one end to another with a time limit or a time record. To up the challenge, use strong crates to add elevations to the route, and feel free to add obstacles if are planning the activity for children around age 5 and up. This puts their motor skills and problem solving skills to the test while it creates a healthy competition amongst the children.

#8 Obstacle Course

Not just any obstacle course, plan an interesting route with using academic questions (eg. phonics and numbers) and a set of different physical circuits to let them workout their motor skills and cognitive skills. Great for all ages!

Here in Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand, there is an early-education centre with a farmyard setting named ‘The Nurtury’, they would be most delighted to bring Preschoolers the joy of playing outdoors with different activities in the weekdays while you leave your children in their care.

Guided by a team of qualified and professional early-childhood teachers with utmost care and attention, every energetic young ones will be having a great time at the farmyard with the centre’s reared animals and also at the centre’s gymnasium area with different equipments for various activities.

Another plus point for The Nurtury is that they serve warm and nourishing food direct from their certified kitchen to ensure every child beaming with satisfaction and energy when they leave the dining table. Who wouldn’t love that!

The Nurtury is open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 5.30pm. Come on down to their centre for a look-see, they will be happy to welcome you.
For more information or enquiries, please visit their website, call +64 03 349 4028 or email to manager@thenurtury.co.nz.