Outdoor Play Ideas

boy with snowMost children love playing outdoors and if given the freedom to do as they please without being organised, will soon be occupied with make-believe games and creative activities - or just playing in water and getting muddy! But if your children need encouragement to decide what to do, here are a few suggestions to help them.

10 Things to Do Outdoors in Somerset

laying a trailLay trails for a hunter (a friend or grown up) to follow
Find twigs and sticks and make a trail of arrow signs on the ground pointing left, right or straight on. Space them out so that the hunter has to look hard. You could hide at the end of the trail or put some treasure there like pine cones or something else interesting that you have found.

children rolling down a bankRoll down grassy banks
This doesn't need much explanation! Just find a nice grassy bank or small hill and have races rolling down from the top to the bottom. Rolling straight needs a bit of practice and you need to space yourselves out so you don't crash into each other!

stone sculptureBuild stone sculptures
Collect some stones or pebbles and make your own sculptures by piling them up in towers or you could balance just a few different coloured stones to make a more delicate sculpture.

floating twigPlay Pooh Sticks
Quite a few of the places on our list of outdoor play sites have small streams. This game of racing sticks from bridges is probably very well known. Everyone finds a good straight stick and at the same time drops it in the water - the first stick to appear at the other side of the bridge wins. You could do this by making a start and end point on the bank of a stream so you don't have to be on a bridge.

girl looking through magnifying glassMetre of earth hunt
This is especially good to do in a wood or forest. Find some sticks and mark out an area on the ground about a metre square - one square for each person. Now get down close to the ground by the square and see how many interesting things you can find - leaf skeletons, mini creatures, flowers, cones, nuts. Having a magnifying glass with you is good.

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