Nature's Playground

Outdoor Play Activities

Step into the great outdoors and embark on a journey of discovery, adventure, and boundless possibilities! Engage your senses, feel the wind on your skin, and breathe in the invigorating air. Experience the physical benefits of exploration. Unleash your imagination, embrace the freedom of unstructured play, and let nature ignite your creativity. It's time to step outside and discover the boundless joy that awaits in the great outdoors.
Plant a Garden

Plant a Garden

Plant a Garden Did you know that gardening can improve your mood and reduce stress? Spending time with plants and soil boosts the production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that makes you feel happy and relaxed. What do you do?  Decide the type of garden:...

Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions In Saskatchewan, dandelions are abundant and offer numerous activities for children, including cooking. Kids can gather dandelion flowers to make dandelion tea. Interestingly, dandelions are entirely edible and packed with vitamins A, C, and K, making them...

Go for a Bike Ride

Go for a Bike Ride

Go for a Bike Ride This week is bicycle safety week. Bike riding offers a thrilling adventure through streets, trails, and nature paths, promoting both physical activity and exploration of the great outdoors. In this guide, we'll explore the essentials of bike riding,...

Play Catch

Play Catch

Play Catch We are in ball season! Catch is a timeless and universally enjoyed activity that brings people together for simple, yet rewarding, moments of connection and fun. In this guide, we'll explore the fundamentals of playing catch, along with its safety...

Cloud Watching

Cloud Watching

Cloud Watching Cloud watching invites individuals to gaze skyward and immerse themselves in the ever-changing canvas of clouds, offering a serene and contemplative experience. In this guide, we'll delve into the art of cloud watching, exploring its simplicity, safety...

Rock Painting

Rock Painting

Rock Painting Painting rocks is a creative and engaging activity that promotes fine motor skills and self-expression while fostering a connection with nature and encouraging mindfulness and relaxation. What do you need? Smooth rocks or stones Paints in various colors...

Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing with sidewalk chalk transforms ordinary outdoor spaces into colorful masterpieces, offering children a fun and accessible way to unleash their creativity and engage with art and nature. In this guide, we'll explore how to get started with...

Bubbles

Bubbles

Bubbles Playing with bubbles is a delightful and engaging activity that encourages children to chase, pop, and marvel at the shimmering orbs floating through the air. As they interact with bubbles, children develop motor skills, spark their imagination, and experience...

Nature Music

Nature Music

Nature Music Music is ubiquitous in nature, from the rhythmic rustle of leaves to the melodic tunes of birdsong, creating a harmonious symphony that envelops the world around us. What do you do? Find materials in nature to create music. Explore! What sounds can you...

Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about gardening and adding new flowers to our outdoor spaces. As seeds become available in stores, making seed bombs can be a fun and creative way to prepare for the gardening season ahead. Seed bombs are not...

Puddle Exploration

Puddle Exploration

Puddle Exploration What do you do? Here are 3 different ways to explore puddles Observation and Measurement: Start by observing the puddle from a safe distance. Notice its size, depth, and any interesting features like ripples or reflections. Use a measuring tape,...

Icy Puddle Exploration

Icy Puddle Exploration

Icy Puddle Exploration A fascinating fact about icy puddles is that the formation of ice on their surface follows a unique process called "regelation." When pressure is applied to ice, such as by someone stepping on it, the ice temporarily melts under the pressure and...

Lichen Hunt

Lichen Hunt

Lichen Hunt In Saskatchewan, lichens are the ultimate survivors, thriving in extreme conditions like harsh winters and dry summers, showcasing nature's resilience in the face of adversity. What do you do? Choose Your Location: Saskatchewan offers diverse habitats...

Snow Painting

Snow Painting

Snow Painting  Painting in the snow has been a creative endeavor for centuries, with ancient cultures using natural pigments to adorn snow surfaces. Today, enthusiasts employ a variety of techniques and materials, from colored dyes to specialized tools, to craft...

Building Forts: Crafting Memories, One Snowflake at a Time

Building Forts: Crafting Memories, One Snowflake at a Time

Building Forts: Crafting Memories, One Snowflake at a Time. Temporary snow structures, such as snow forts and igloos, provide a unique experience, transforming winter landscapes into creative and imaginative spaces. Constructed from the natural resource of snow, these...

Hit the Slopes on Your Own Sled

Hit the Slopes on Your Own Sled

Hit the Slopes on Your Own Sled Creating your own sled is a joyful experience as it allows you to unleash your creativity, design a unique and personalized ride, and then relish the thrill of gliding down slopes on something crafted with your own hands. The fun lies...

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman? The tradition of snow sculpture, rooted in ancient cultures like the Inuit and European Alpine communities, gained modern prominence with events like Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival. In Saskatchewan, Canada, the love for snow sculpting...

Animal Tracks

Animal Tracks

Animal Tracks "When we walk together in a good way, we learn to see the world through two eyes. We receive the gifts of Mother Earth through stories". (Elder Albert. D Marshall and Louise Zimanyi, Walking Together). Embarking on a winter animal track hunt is like...

Where Winter Play Becomes Santa’s Bakery

Where Winter Play Becomes Santa’s Bakery

Where Winter Play Becomes Santa’s Bakery Creating pretend snow cookies is like transforming fluffy snow into a magical bakery adventure, where you get to mold, color, and decorate imaginary treats with wild, colorful toppings. Imaginative play isn't just for kids;...

Explore Snowflakes: Where Every Flake is a Piece of Art!

Explore Snowflakes: Where Every Flake is a Piece of Art!

Explore Snowflakes: Where Every Flake is a Piece of Art! As the snow is beginning to fall, let’s explore snowflakes! Snowflakes are like nature’s artwork, and they are all unique. They form high up in the sky and as they fall, they experience different temperatures...

Connect Deeply with the Natural World Through Nature Journaling

Connect Deeply with the Natural World Through Nature Journaling

Connect Deeply with the Natural World Through Nature Journaling  Nature journaling is a transformative practice that merges creativity with the therapeutic benefits of spending time outdoors. It involves capturing the intricate details of the natural world through a...

Nature Collections

Nature Collections

Nature Collections Engaging children in nature collections provides a hands-on learning experience that stimulates curiosity and fosters a profound connection with the environment. As kids explore and collect items from nature, they not only develop observational and...

Crafting Light, Nature, and Wellness

Crafting Light, Nature, and Wellness

Crafting Light, Nature, and Wellness A suncatcher is a decorative ornament designed to capture and disperse sunlight, creating colorful patterns and reflections. While their precise historical origins are not well-documented, suncatchers have been used for centuries,...

Weaving Wonder into the Wild

Weaving Wonder into the Wild

Weaving Wonder into the Wild Spiders in Saskatchewan play a vital role in the province's ecosystems, contributing to pest control and participating in complex food webs. Various species, including orb-weavers, wolf spiders, and jumping spiders, are commonly found...

My Witches Brew

My Witches Brew

My Witches Brew With Halloween around the corner this week we are going to make witches brew! Kids brewing witches' potions is a magical concoction of creative play where they whip up spellbinding elixirs using everyday items like glitter, water, and leaves. It's a...

Crafting Pinecone Bird Feeders: Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

Crafting Pinecone Bird Feeders: Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

Crafting Pinecone Bird Feeders: Bringing Nature to Your Backyard  Creating bird feeders in the fall in Saskatchewan is especially important as it coincides with the migratory season for many bird species. These homemade feeders provide essential nourishment for birds...

Leaf Art: Where Nature Meets Creativity

Leaf Art: Where Nature Meets Creativity

Leaf Art: Where Nature Meets Creativity Leaf art has been practiced by various cultures throughout history, with examples dating back centuries, showcasing the enduring appeal of this nature-inspired artistic form What do you do: Gather Leaves: Collect a variety of...

Leaves, leaves falling down

Leaves, leaves falling down

Leaves, Leaves Falling Down Amidst the autumn's vibrant artistry, we weave, In leafy carpets, laughter and joy conceived, Nature's playground, where childhood dreams retrieve. What do you do: Gather a Pile: Rake fallen leaves into a sizable pile, ensuring there are no...

A-Maze-ing Leaf Fun

A-Maze-ing Leaf Fun

Saskatchewan is known for its diverse range of native plant species. When creating a leaf maze in the province, you can take advantage of this diversity by incorporating a wide variety of leaves from the region. You'll find different types of trees and plants,...

Leaf Peeping Activity

Leaf Peeping Activity

Leaf Peeping Activity While Saskatchewan's fall foliage may not be as famous as some other regions, it offers a unique and beautiful experience for leaf peepers. The province's vast landscapes, which include forests, prairies, and parklands, come alive with a stunning...

Explore, Create, Play with Loose Parts!

Explore, Create, Play with Loose Parts!

Explore, Create, Play with Loose Parts! Setting up a loose parts station can be a creative and engaging way to encourage open-ended play and exploration, especially for children. Loose parts is fun for all ages! Loose parts are open-ended materials that can be moved,...

Angry Bird

Angry Bird

Angry Bird - No Technology needed for this version! Practicing accuracy and focus by throwing balls at targets has been a timeless activity, demonstrating human dexterity and concentration. From carnival games like "Knock Down the Cans" to modern sports like...

Explore the world of bird watching with us!

Explore the world of bird watching with us!

Explore the world of bird watching with us! Saskatchewan, known for its diverse landscapes, is a prime destination for bird watching enthusiasts. With over 400 bird species, including the endangered Whooping Crane, the province offers a rich array of avian life to...

Unleash Your Creativity with Nature’s Paintbrush

Unleash Your Creativity with Nature’s Paintbrush

Unleash Your Creativity with Nature's Paintbrush Using nature as paint and paintbrushes dates back to prehistoric times, where early humans utilized minerals, plants, and animal extracts to create pigments for cave paintings. Natural materials like crushed berries,...

Go for a dip – a pond dip!

Go for a dip – a pond dip!

Go for a dip! A pond dip! Saskatchewan boasts diverse pond ecosystems that support abundant wildlife, making it an ideal destination for pond dipping. From frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and water beetles to snails and small fish species, the province offers a wide array of...

Go exploring and find your perfect stick!

Go exploring and find your perfect stick!

It’s not a stick!  Did you know, sticks have been utilized by humans for countless purposes throughout history, serving as tools, weapons and even instruments for games and sports. Sticks have played a significant role in cultural practices and rituals, symbolizing...

Going on a Bug Hunt! What will we find?

Going on a Bug Hunt! What will we find?

Going on a bug hunt! What will we find? Bugs have adapted to live in virtually any habitat! They live on the land, in the air and in water on every continent including Antarctica. Finding them is one of the easiest activities to do! What do you do? - You can find bugs...

Hike Your Way to Adventure!

Hike Your Way to Adventure!

Hike your way to Adventure! What to do? Get Ready Choose your hiking trail: Here are a few trails in Saskatchewan https://www.alltrails.com/canada/saskatchewan Check the weather, avoid hiking in severe weather conditions. Inform someone about your plans: Before you...