Outdoor Play Party – 5 fun ways to explore the park

by Jen in outdoor play,outdoor play party,park

Sometimes, when we go to the park we simply stick to the playground. While we play on the equipment provided we miss out on all the other opportunities for play that surround us. Last week we visited a local park and took the time to really explore every corner. So, how can you make the most of your next visit to the park?
Climb a tree…why not?! No one said the tree has to be huge. Just grab the trunk and climb aboard!
climb a tree
Leave a little something behind…like a fairy house. Take some time to slow down and create a fairy house that the next child who comes along can enjoy (or the next fairy).
build a fairy house
Jump in the water! If there’s water, why not jump on in. Use whatever the park has – splash pad or wading pool…cool down and have fun.
go swimming
Grab a seat under a tree and enjoy a good book. I love reading to my children outside in the fresh air…it really adds to the story.
read a book
Don’t forget the playground. Climb, swing, jump, run, crawl, tumble, balance and laugh all the way through the playground.
playground equipment
The last Outdoor Play Party was filled with so many amazing ways that folks have been playing and creating outdoors. It was so much fun to see the various ways that people are celebrating the London Olympics…there are some great ideas out there! The post I fell in love with comes from Word Play House. Take a look at their beautiful new swing and the joy that something so simple can bring to a child…well, everyone.
So many fabulous outdoor activities and stories linked at the last outdoor play party. If you were featured this week, go ahead and grab our “Featured at the Outdoor Play Party” button for your site.
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
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Mama Pea Pod August 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

We could spend all day at the park – no shortage of things to do there, is there?

Kierna C August 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

This looks like a great way to spend a day – love the little things you left for someone to discover later.

heather at wordplayhouse® August 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Lovely ways to spend time exploring the park…especially the little nooks and crannies you found! Thank you very, very much for featuring our post with the other wonderful outdoor play ideas left in your weekly outdoor play party. We have shared your featured button and link to this post on our “websites that have featured us” page (http://www.wordplayhouse.com/featured-on-websites.html). It was a wonderful surprise to receive the message that you had shared us here! Lovely! ~heather

Joyce August 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

I love all of these ideas. Classic childhood outdoor fun :) We love everything on your list, and R is currently sporting some scrapes from climbing trees. The way it should be :) hehe

myka August 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Thank you for sharing our swings on your website! So very delighted to read your blog post and the many simple, yet classic, activities you summed up to enjoy summer. ~ Myka at http://www.rosedaleswingcompany.com

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