Wild Mountains is committed to education and inspiration for the whole family and we encourage parents, carers and well everyone to get outside! Nature Play is a great organisation who support this, Wild Mountains offers Nature Play activities on request, volunteer weekends and some events. Most of the activities in nature just happen, its about simply getting outside and connecting to the amasing beauty and magic that can take place in your garden, neighbourhood, local parks, creek, river, lakes or beaches. There are little to no costs involved. Nature Loves Everyone! The invigorating and restorative effects of natural areas on the wellbeing of anyone who spends even the smallest amount of time outdoors will happen when you take your child outside to play. Just Go Outside - Nature Will Do The Rest

Nature is an essential tool for a child's healthy development.  Today's adults grew up outdoors.  The gifts nature gave us as children have helped shape who we are today.  There was no list. We required no justification to go outside and play, and the gifts nature gave beautifully prepared us for life. Nature Play hopes to remind us grown-ups why nature and outdoor play is vital for children to establish healthy life patterns from the beginning of their lives.

50 Gifts Nature Will Give Your Child!

Key developmental outcomes for 0 to 3 year old children achieved by simply taking your child outdoors to play;

  1. Improves visual tracking and depth perception
  2. Fine tunes hearing
  3. Creates a sense of awe and wonder
  4. Creates a relationship with animals and plants
  5. Grows textural awareness
  6. Develops emotional cues and ability to read facial expressions
  7. Establishes a healthy sense of adventure
  8. Cultivates independence
  9. Develops confidence
  10. Creates opportunities for defiance
  11. Builds strength and agility
  12. Develops a healthy sense of fear
  13. Builds risk assessment skills
  14. Further grows physical fluency
  15. Assists with developing curiosity
  16. Develops fine and gross motor skills
  17. Enables relationship development practice
  18. Facilitates opportunities to develop trust
  19. Creates space to practice speech and communication
  20. Assists with developing empathy
  21. Promotes social aptitude development and practice
  22. Helps grow memory strength
  23. Grows healthy attachment styles
  24. Builds resilience
  25. Grows flexibility and adaptability
  26. Establishes healthy attitudes and behaviour patterns
  27. Begins to learn to regulate own safety
  28. Grows physical core strength
  29. Creates space to express feelings
  30. Creates space to learn pain
  31. Learns natural laws of cause and effect
  32. Learns to follow instructions or rules of games 
  33. Expands their world
  34. Expands their vocabulary
  35. Forms interests in sport and other team activities
  36. Grows creativity
  37. Expands problem-solving capacity
  38. Grows care, concern and consideration for others
  39. Creates opportunities to improve physical skills
  40. Helps children discover the wonders of nature and the world around them
  41. Helps children connect to their community
  42. Helps children learn the foundations for universal sustainability
  43. Helps children to recognise their strengths
  44. Develops transitioning skills
  45. Helps child’s learning in caring for nature and living things
  46. Boosts self-confidence
  47. Increases flexibility
  48. Helps build the immune system
  49. Stimulates the imagination
  50. Provides Vitamin D

You can find out more about developmental milestones from the Raising Children website