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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

Benefits of outdoor play

5 Benefits of outdoor play

Early Years development through outdoor learning

Benefits of outdoor play

NCT benefits of outdoor play for babies and toddlers

Outdoor play

Tiney blog on why outdoor play is the best kind of learning

Outdoor Play Activities

Parks and Green Spaces in Sandwell

Lots of free activities and plenty of outdoor play opportunities

Sandwell Museums

Free outdoor events at the museums

Play by Age

Activities and play ideas for different age groups

Good Play Guide 

Play ideas for indoors and outdoors by age

Forest Schools

Find your nearest forest school

Wild Activities

Wild activities you can do at home

RSPB Activities

Nature activities for kids

Wildlife Watch Activities

Wildlife Trust activities for kids

children collecting tadpoles