Sensory Play with Nature

One of the best ways littles can learn is through sensory play. There are so many wonderful things to learn, and littles learn by doing!

_My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from._ (7)

Here are a few of our favorite hands-on learning activities for children!




The winter sensory garden from barley&birch!



Full Moon Schedule for 2018!

January makes getting outdoors even harder, which also means cabin fever is starting to set in. This is why we love this full moon schedule! It gives us a fun January activity!

Gear up with some blankets and a thermos full of hot coffee and enjoy some night sky gazing! alex-6726

  • January 31- Wolf Moon

  • March 1st- Worm Moon

  • March 31st- Blue Moon

  • April 29th- Pink Moon

  • May 29th- Corn Planting Moon

  • June 28th- Strawberry Moon

  • July 27th- Thunder Moon

  • August 26th- Green Corn Moon

  • September 24th- Harvest Moon

  • October 24th- Hunter’s Moon

  • November 23rd- Frost Moon

  • December 22nd- Long Night Moon


Nature Sensory Activities

Being outdoors has incredible benefits, and with spring being just a few months away, we’re compiling some of our favorite sensory activities for littles!

#1. Mud Pie Kitchen


Some of our favorite memories were those of making mud “food”. We would mold the mud into whatever our imaginations created and then would paint the creations once they dried. 



#2. Creek Wading




#3. Pine Cone Sorting


Our little guy loves to gather all the different pinecones and sort them according to size. 



#4. Leaf Threading


A thin stick will work just as well for threading leaves together. This is another one of our favorites!



#5. Stone Sorting


Grab a little bucket, and let them start a collection!



#6. Lots of Grass


Playing in the grass is one of the best sensory things to do with littles!



#7.  Tree Bark Rubbing/Art


Take a large piece of paper and hold it (or tape it) on the tree. Then take some chalk and gently rub the paper over the bark! The results are beautiful! 



#8. Barefoot Sensory Walk


You can walk on grass, small pebbles, sand, mud, and so much more!



#9. Water Play


Playing with water can inspire so much imagination! 



#10. Chalk


If you have a smooth surface and some chalk, the possibilities are endless! 



The Power Of Outdoor Free Play


Unfortunately, the amount of time that children spend engaged in unstructured, child-directed outdoor play has diminished significantly in the past generation. Schools have opted out of recess and play time in favor of a more structured academic period. As many years of research has shown, that it causing more harm than good. Here are some of the amazing benefits that come with outdoor free play!


Cognitive Health


Playing outdoors gives children the opportunity to make decisions and problem solve, it provides an environment for creative thinking, and makes children use a higher level of sequence, planning, and organizing.


Physical Health


Outdoor play provides more opportunity for movement which in turn greatly decreases the likelihood of developing of developing obesity and disease. It also magnifies the use of fine and gross motor skills!

Mental health


Overall, children who are active outdoors have much better moods, have a decrease in hyperactivity, and are less likely to have symptoms related to anxiety and depression.

Emotional Health


The development in empathy, an increase in self-esteem, and the development of emotional intelligence is all part of getting outdoors to play! 🙂

Social Skills


Research has also shown that playing outdoors provides increased social interactions, higher levels of sharing, cooperating, and helping!

Play Skills


Play skills help develop creativity, and provide endless opportunities for imagination and engagement! 🙂