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As a parent, changing up your family’s routine and adapting to COVID-19 will, and is, a big challenge – but we are here to help!


When it comes to time spent engaging in the natural world – be it backyard, local park or somewhere a little more off the beaten track – what we know is that nature supports our mental health and wellbeing.


To help you make the most of time spent outdoors, we’ve developed a range of lists and information sheets with practical, creative and simple ideas for you to try with your children. Please make sure you are up to date with Government guidelines on social distancing and self-isolation.


Take care and enjoy your time together as a family.

25 Things to do in Winter


From waterfalls to wildflowers, to campfires and whale watching there’s no shortage of ways to rug up and enjoy the wonders of nature together this winter.


25 Things to do in Autumn


Falling leaves, rain play, marshmallows by the fire… embrace the arrival of cooler seasons and get outdoors with our list of ’25 Things to do in Autumn.


Mental health and the calming refrains of nature


Spending time in nature, taking nature walks, cooking with friends or family and even taking time to observe the birds can have positive impacts for your mental health. With these in mind we have developed a resource with some reminders of the little nature-inspired things you, your friends and family can do to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Look after yourself today and everyday.


25 Things to do in Summer


Rockpool discoveries, summer fruit harvests, early morning bushwalks, balmy evenings by the water… get set for a summer of outdoor play with our list of ‘25 Things to do in Summer’!


25 Things to do in Spring


Bushwalk amongst wildflowers, go whale watching, listen to koalas, plant seasonal vegies…welcome sunshine that spring brings with our list of ’25 Things to do in Spring’!


51 Things to do before you’re 12


Snorkelling at the beach, cooking damper over a campfire, playing in a creek, digging for worms… inspire your children to venture into the outdoors with our ’51 Things to do before you’re 12’!


49 Things to do before you’re 5


Searching for tadpoles, imitating birds, sprouting seeds, catching bugs… encourage your children outside into the sensory world of play with our ‘49 Things to do before you’re 5’!


25 Things to do with children in nature before they turn 1


Lying beneath the shade of a tree, feeling the texture of bark, listening to waves… share some quality time in nature during the first year of your baby’s life with our ‘25 Things to do with children in nature before they turn 1’


How to be a Gumnut Baby – classic adventures for modern childhood


Searching for Wattle, Pea Flower and Gumnut Babies, treading softly around Mushroom Babies… Discover the magic of the Australian bush with your family with our ‘How to be a Gumnut Baby – classic adventures for modern childhood’

Inspired by the work of Australian artist and author, May Gibbs.


Front cover image of the Family, Nature and COVID-19 Guide

Family, Nature and COVID-19


Despite the challenges, Nature Play SA remains committed to making a difference. We are delighted to offer our free online guide Family, Nature & COVID-19 to support families during the pandemic and beyond.

Family, Nature and COVID-19 has a strong focus on nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of families, including providing accessible, nature-based methods that can be practiced at home, your neighbourhood and nearby nature.


We hope you find a level of comfort, relief, and hope is you flick through the pages and put the guide into practice.


National Parks Brochure Series


In conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service SA we have developed a suite of brochures that collectively feature over 600 activities to undertake across sixteen different National Parks around South Australia. Each brochure has 40 things to do with strong themes of physical activity, connection to green spaces, environmental stewardship, learning associated with biodiversity, and Aboriginal culture.


10 Ingredients to collect for mud play


Try these ingredients to make mud pies, stews, magic potions and other mud creations!


Magnificent Mud: An essential ingredient to childhood


Gritty, cold, wet, sloppy, icky, sticky, joyous mud – the secret weapon in your sensory-rich outdoor toolkit. It may be messy, it may even be inconvenient, but it brings with it the makings of pure happiness.


Dirt + Water = Childhood


Mud is a natural part of childhood and: is invaluable for children’s sensory development; provides a source of creativity; and research suggests it’s beneficial to children’s overall wellbeing. Get some practical ideas to explore mud play from our ‘Dirt + Water = Childhoodinfo sheet.


Loose Parts = Creativity + Discovery + Imagination


Having loose parts in your child’s play setting can stimulate creativity and imagination. Discover the potential of loose parts play; what it is and why it is so important to children’s development; and practical ideas for collecting and introducing natural loose parts to your home or education setting with our ‘Loose Parts = Creativity + Discovery + Imagination’ info sheet.


Natural Playspaces for Families: Creating Your Own Backyard Natural Playspace


Homemade mud pits, water stations, secret places, gardens to tend… bring nature play into your backyard with our ‘Natural Playspaces for Familiesinfo sheet.


Even babies need the outdoors


Smelling flowers, feeling the sensation of mud between tiny toes, exploring through the senses… Learn about the importance of the outdoors for your baby and where you can venture with them with our ‘Even babies need the outdoors’ info sheet.


Nature Scavenger Hunt


Scavenger hunts are ideal activities to incorporate in family adventures and as an activity at your child’s birthday celebrations or other special events. They are a great way to encourage exploration, discovery and excitement. For birthday celebrations they are more intriguing and creative than a simple search for hidden sweets.


Blue-green blue-banded Bee Life Cycle Poster


Learn more about this species by downloading and printing this life cycle poster.


Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo


As one of Australia’s largest cockatoos these birds depend on ancient tree hollows to nest and raise their young. Many old trees that once stood throughout the landscape have been cleared – leaving very few hollows for those who
need them. Learm more about this species by downloading and printing this wildlife poster.


Illustrated Natural Treasures to Discover within Encounter Marine Park


A park that covers ocean waters, reefs, islands, cliffs, estuaries and jetties. Elusive leafy seadragons hide whilst colourful fish are aplenty. Download our free “Natural Treasures to Discover” resource and see how many treasures you can find!


Illustrated Coastal Treasures to Discover from Glenelg to Seacliff Beach


Discover and explore a stretch of coastline that once teemed with wildlife amongst 40 metre high dunes. Download our free “Coastal Treasures to Discover” resource and see how many treasures you can find!


Coastal Treasures to Discover within Lincoln National Park


Discover a park so wild that sea eagles nest on islands and goannas roam free. Download our free “Coastal Treasures to Discover” resource and see how many treasures you can find!


A Glimpse into the Plants and Animals of Myponga Reservior Reserve


Discover some of the plants and animals that call Myponga Reservoir Reserve home.