Natural playgrounds have become popular among parents all around the world. This growing trend lets parents build their own playground at home. This kind of playground uses natural elements that are made from natural materials like shrubs, trees, logs, grass, stones, water, sand, wood chip trails, and also wooden tree houses.
A good natural playground has space for children to play and run, as well as natural materials that can be moved and manipulated. These natural materials allow kids to express creativity by constructing new objects.
Components of Natural Playgrounds
The natural playground can be replicated or modified nature that has various mini environments. The main component can be plants or trees, or even plant materials like logs, tree stumps, and shrubs. A natural playground is sometimes open and has grassy areas, or areas that are shaded by trees. It also contains spaces that are great for quiet time, creative play, and active play.
It also contains water, with sand and rock beside the water channel. These are the common components of the play space you may find.
The terrain may contain several hills. It also uses trails, instead of the regular and straight path. A good natural playground has many movable objects that your kids can use them for construction and manipulate them. Some movable objects you can have include branches, water, sand, twigs, pebbles, logs fallen leaves, and rocks. It can also contain spades, buckets, string, plastic piping, and also fabric. Children can use all the materials for their creative works.
Once you have this stuff, encourage your kids to create objects from the tools they find. Let them use their imaginations. And you can trigger it by doing entertaining challenges.
You also can add some additional materials like wooden objects included a bridge, treehouse, tables, and seats. To add more wooden objects, try to put outdoor musical instruments. Though these objects are not natural and only mimic nature, it can be valuable additions for your natural playgrounds.
The Advantages of Nature for Kids
Outdoor activities can improve your kid’s emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development. And when they are surrounded by nature, it stimulates all the senses, and your children can experience free-flowing and ever-changing nature.
The first benefit of playing in nature is intellectual benefits. Nature is a never-ending learning laboratory. Kids love to experience scents, sights, and textures, and sound through outdoor activities. While nature is like a wide playground that provides them with countless knowledge for creativity, discovery, STEM education, and problem-solving.
When your kids interact with the natural environment, they will try to learn by experimenting with their ideas. Children will question, think, and make hypotheses.
And by playing outside, your kids will also experience environmental benefits. They will be connected to nature. You need to remember that this generation is the stewards of the world.