You may think there’s not much to do with your baby outdoors yet, but your baby will be mesmerised by the stimulation nature provides.
Check out these suggestions from Nature Play SA that will help you baby learn about their world and begin a lifelong appreciation of nature and the value of the outdoors.
25 Things to do with children in nature before they turn 1
- Sit outside with your baby in your arms and listen to the sounds around you
- Find a quiet place to sit or walk along the beach and listen to the sound of the waves together
- Give your little one some tummy time on a rug outside
- Mimic the natural sounds you hear in the trees and watch your baby’s reactions
- Have a photo of your family taken outside in nature
- Lie down beneath the shade of a tree and watch the movement of the leaves – nature is the original mobile!
- Visit a national park and take a gentle stroll through nature
- Visit a local wetland and watch the movement of waterbirds as they paddle and move about
- Read a story or sing a lullaby beneath the shade of a tree
- Cover your baby’s feet in cool sand at your local beach
- Let your baby feel a gentle ocean tide wash over their feet and toes
- Enjoy a meal or picnic in the backyard as a family
- Find a shady spot at your local park and allow your baby to watch older children play
- Let your baby crawl and explore the blades of grass on a lawned area
- Find a patch of bare earth and let your baby’s feet feel the textures of the soil
- Add water to a patch of dirt and let them explore the sensation of mud squelching in their toes and through their fingers
- Find a smooth-barked and a rough-barked tree and let their tiny hands explore while you explain what they are experiencing
- Find a low hanging branch with leaves and let them explore while you describe the colours, shapes, and textures
- Collect five natural treasures (big enough not to be a choking hazard!) such as shells, seed pods, sticks/ twigs, feathers, bark and leaves and allow your little one to discover these with their hands
- Tickle your baby’s hands, feet and face with a feather or leaf
- Attend a local playgroup that spends time outside
- Spend time outside with another family with young children
- Find an uneven surface and help your child navigate their way across it
- Splash in a puddle or tub outside
- Build a sandpit in your backyard and spend time playing in it with pots, pans, spoons and buckets
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nature Play SA website.
What: 25 Things to do with children in nature before they turn 1
Who: Children under 1
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