Play Outdoors: No Extra Equipment Required

My family and I just moved to a new city and state and we are having a lot of fun discovering new trails, playgrounds and activities. On our walk home from the park this evening I was struck by how lucky we are to live in a place where we have free (or very inexpensive) parks, zoos, botanical gardens, hiking trails, and the like for kids outdoor play. But as much as my kids enjoy those activities, I am often struck by how much they enjoy simple activities, like playing in the rain.
Encouraging creativity & independence in kids - play outdoors.

Despite all the toys they have, they are always collecting rocks, leaves and sticks. The floor of our car
is proof of that. I sometimes feel like children nowadays are missing something by having so many things given to them and activities planned for them. They don't develop the creativity and knowledge that comes through playing outdoors.
Encouraging creativity & independence in kids - play outdoors.

I firmly believe there is value in allowing our kids to have time when they can use their creativity. My son has quiet time every day; a time when he plays in his room by himself, away from electronics and other people. Maybe that is one of the reasons I enjoy hiking so much. It is just us, nature and my camera of course. Erica from Cragmama has some wonderful thoughts on this topic.
Encouraging creativity & independence in kids - play outdoors.

So in an effort to simplify and encourage my kids to use their imaginations, I am doing a series of posts on activities that require No Extra Equipment. They might use simple household items but nothing extravagant. Just good, old-fashioned fun.

Here are some of my old posts that follow this formula. Check them out and come back for more No Extra Equipment fun over the coming months.

Disclaimer: I love buying new equipment and paying for fun activities; and I do as often as I can. I am no way saying they are bad. I am doing this as much as a challenge for myself as anything. In fact, I will be doing a post on my essential equipment for outdoor families and my very first giveaway in a couple weeks. Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll come back.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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