Ideas for playing in the city: kids outdoor activities

1st October 2016

Nature might be a great playground, but it’s not the only one. From capital cities to tiny towns, all it takes is a little inspiration to turn your surroundings into a great space to play. And once you get outside and get playing, endless fun awaits. So check out these ideas to get you started.

1. Make your own map

It’s not just unchartered territories that need exploring. Follow the simple steps to get budding cartographers outside discovering their local area:

 

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  • Head out into your neighbourhood with a clipboard or notepad and some coloured pens and pencils (don’t forget to get permission before you go out exploring)
  • Fill out a map of your surroundings and label everything by designing some different symbols. You can even mark where you live too
  • Don’t forget to draw a key in the corner of your map to explain everything
  • If you have a compass why not try adding the bearings to the map so you know which direction to go

2. Sponge bullseye

Once you’ve found an open space in your neighbourhood, like a square or empty sports court, it’s time for a game of sponge bullseye. After all, everyone loves an excuse to get wet and messy outside. Click here for further instructions.

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  • First, draw a target on the floor with some coloured chalk. Make sure to draw a series of concentric circles, so that the target has different scoring zones
  • Once you’ve gathered a team, take turns with your friends to dip a sponge in a bucket of water
  • Then throw the sponges at the target – aim for the middle to get more points
  • Why not change the distances you start from, or your throwing technique for an extra challenge
  • Don’t forget to keep a running total of your scores

 

So wherever and however you want to play, there are always ways to have outside fun. Let’s go!

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