I love to introduce new ideas and games into our outside spaces to encourage children to explore their environment, use their fine and gross motor skills and generally just enjoy all that outside play has to offer!
I recently introduced a game using only a few resources but even I was surprised at how much fun this group had and how they extended and evolved the activity into their own games without any prompting from me.
I used some lovely little kangaroo counters given to me by one of my fantastic Family Day Care parents but you could also use the little bears, dinosaurs, farm animals, zoo animals….whatever you have on hand and that your children are currently interested in.
We have been talking about the wallabies that come to visit us here lately so the kangaroos were a perfect fit to our current journey of learning and play.
- A large bowl
- Pair of small tongs for each child
- Kangaroo counters (see suggestions for other inclusions above)
- Coloured stones (kangaroo food)
- Wooden discs (any loose parts to use for ‘food' will do…just get creative)
- Some hay (or garden plants, pot plants etc…anywhere that provides a hiding spot for the toys used)
I began to work with them and we explored some sequencing, counting, sorting and colour activities as a group.
And then they were loaded onto trucks and taken over to the rock quarry area where there was an unfortunate accident and a lot more social and dramatic play!
What would your children love to find hiding outside?
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They use tongs like this to help my son at school so I ought to get some for at home. We have loads of gravel he could help me clear (might take a while mind). I have a new pinterest account for the SPD so I shall pin this there. Thank you for the inspiration.