{Outdoor Play Linky Party is Back!}

Yay! We're back! Use the share buttons below to spread the word, invite others, and come link up your ideas for getting your kids to PLAY OUTDOORS!

We have a new cohost joining us, Kierna from Learning for Life, so be sure to drop by and say hello to her. She teaches in a wonderfully enlightened preschool where the kids go outside to play in any kind of weather. As their motto says, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather!"

Abbie of Greening Sam and Avery is back, too. If you haven't visited this green mama before, do pop over and see how she is raising her two sweet girls to appreciate nature and the outdoors.

We also have a new Outdoor Play Party Pinterest board, where we will be pinning all the great ideas submitted!

So, why do we want you to get your child PLAYING OUTDOORS? Read this for some great reasons!

My own girls have been loving playing in and with the Autumn leaves! Before the weather turned cold, they spent many days gathering them up from all around the garden and making their own sensory play experience - crunching and crumbling the dry leaves in their hands, listening to and trying to imitate the sound they made.

We brought some inside and Sweet Pea made a leaf collage - her first time using glue! 
(She was so proud to be allowed to use her big sister's glue stick!)

Then Sweet Pea and I went out on our own for a leaf hunt. 
The idea was to find some leaves to use for making rubbings ...

but instead it led to the discovery of three large mud puddles!

She was most interested in the leaves that were in the mud puddles 
(and fascinated when one fell off the tree in front of her and landed right on her playing in the puddle).

And pretty soon the 'leaf hunt' turned into 'play in the mud puddles' instead!
What fun she had splashing and swishing the leaves around!

The leaf rubbings will have to wait until another day.

How did your kids play outdoors this week?

Share your ideas for outdoor play activities with us every week! Here’s just a few guidelines for sharing.

  • Any kind of children's outdoor play is welcome. If it happened outside, then please link it up!
  • Please do not share any competitions, promotions, or posts that are not related to Outdoor Play.
  • Please remember to link back to this post and help us spread the word about the importance (and fun!) of outdoor play! You can grab my button from the sidebar. 
  • Each week we will feature an activity from the previous week. By contributing you are giving permission for an image and link to your post to be republished.


PS - Sadly, Kate from An Amazing Child is no longer blogging, but we hope she will be back again someday to share her wonderful inspiration with us all.

Linking to: Living and Learning Now, 1000 Homes of Happiness