Natural play materials

Here are some of the things we like to collect on our nature walks at different times of the year. This in itself is a great activity but we also love to use the collections in play: sand play, play dough or clay, water play, as inspiration for drawings, in collages and other art works and as part of a play scape or on the nature table.

Nature can inspire us in so many ways, and it is amazing to see it through a child's eye. Being in nature is uplifting and calming to the soul at the same time so being outdoors, rain or shine, will have endless benefits. If you are looking for a reason to get outside suggest a treasure hunt that could provide a development of children's natural curiosity and love of natural play things like the following.

public domain image of seeds
Empty seed pods

natural play ideas for preschoolers
Sea shells
Empty snail shells
(we wash them in warm water)
Drift wood from the beach

natural play equipment
Pine Cones

natural play ideas
Leaves that have fallen off the trees
Visual ideas for using natural found objects in craft
Visit my Pinterest board Craft ideas for children to get some nature craft ideas

You might also like:
Stick crafts: Willow wreaths
Leaf art creations
Nature art inspired by Andy Goldworthy
The WHY of sandpits
The WHY of clay play


Jodie Clarke said...

We love to incorporate these natural treasures into play and learning. Beautiful pics to inspire

Lesley @ early play said...

Yes Jodie, I remember your great Nature Playdough Fun with beans, twigs and playdough outside. I love using found objects,

Georgie @ baby bees house said...

Love these ideas, Lesley, you know I love anything to do with nature and getting kids outdoors.

Humphrey said...

Wrіtе more, thats all I have to say. Liteгally, it seems as though you relied on the photos to make your point. You clearly know what you're talking about in educating kids, why throw away your intelligence on just posting photos to your blog?

Lesley said...

Thankyou Humphrey, I do value your constructive criticism of my posts on natural play materials


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