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Children love to play and getting the opportunity to play outdoors is really important. Their physical and emotional development can improve if children are exposed to natural sunlight, fresh air, and the ability to run around and make new discoveries.
They can learn to problem solve, be creative and cooperate with others. The outdoor environment offers a unique opportunity to explore, picking flowers, running through leaves, finding puddles to splash in, searching for mini-beasts, counting the stars.
Playing outdoors doesn’t need to involve expensive equipment or organised activities. All children can benefit from even the smallest of green spaces as long as these are safe places to play.
There are lots of ideas for activities to give children an opportunity for unstructured play in the open air, supporting their well-being, learning and development
Lots of free activities and plenty of outdoor play opportunities
Free outdoor events at the museums
Find the great places to play near you
Activities and play ideas for different age groups
Play ideas for indoors and outdoors by age
Find your nearest forest school
Wild activities you can do at home
Nature activities for kids
Wildlife Trust activities for kids