FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET
If you remember the fun of making mud pies in the backyard, then you know the hours of enjoyment this simple pleasure can provide.
Blogger Penny Whitehouse from Mother Natured is a wildlife education officer and a mother of three who is passionate about connecting kids with nature.
She says if parents can get past the mess that comes with making mud pies, then your kids will want to spend hours outdoors.
“I created a mud kitchen for my three daughters and they play with it all the time, making mud cakes and mud ice creams and decorating them with flowers and leaves.
“I also created a nature craft space on our deck and have a bookcase with cane baskets filled with leaves, sticks, cones, gumnuts as well as glue, string and twine for them to make their creations.
“Most recently I made a nature weaving frame from four pieces of wood and string woven between the wood. The girls can weave ferns, leaves, plants and anything they want to make an outdoor canvas. At the end of the day, when they’ve finished playing, I clean it all up in minutes using a leaf blower.”
Penny says the beauty of these ideas is that they’re extremely cost effective and if you use recycled products, it can even be free.