#OutdoorsAll4—Beauty in Simplicity

by Emily Helfgot

“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” 

― Rainer Maria Rilke

For the past few weeks, our #OutdoorsAll4 challenge has featured activities that leverage materials and preparation. They’ve been wonderfully received and very fun to see in action—great reminders that novel materials can inspire great play adventures. 

This week we thought we would take materials out of the equation and focus on the power of SIMPLE. No props. No gathering of chalk or twine. Just you, your kids, your senses, and the outdoors. There is so much to explore and experience just by being outside and that is what we want to embrace this week.

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This week's activities

For this week’s challenge, we celebrate the wonder that is right there all the time and our connection to it. 

In ‘Take a Listening Walk’, families are encouraged to take a walk with the goal of, not just hearing, but really listening to the sounds all around.


In ‘My Friend, the Tree', kids and families have the opportunity to grow their awareness of, and connection to, the trees that they see every day.


This week's giveaway

undefinedCheck out this week's special #OutdoorsAll4 giveaway prize from Polarn O. Pyret, and encourage all of the families you know to pledge today and join in!

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