My 3 Favorite Outdoor Therapy Activities for Children

 If you're working with children who have challenges with attention, sensory processing, social skills, or executive function, gather a few simple supplies and try these 3 activities in your next outdoor therapy groups!

In this episode:

  • 2-minute takeaway from the research: 5 ways you can create the conditions for children to engage with nature
  • Why I love the giant spider web game to teach learning through failure, problem solving, and motor skills
  • The ONE knot to know how to tie (that will make your work SO much easier as a nature-based therapist)
  • How to use map-making activities to help children become more comfortable with and aware of their surroundings
  • Why I love fire building with children after a less-than-ideal therapy session
  • How to balance risk-taking and keeping children safe during sessions
  • Why it’s important to let the children take the lead and practice problem-solving themselves

Resources from this episode:

This week's 2-Minute Takeaway article: The Art of Working With Nature in Nature-Based Therapies

My video on how to tie the bowline knot

My Book, Therapy in the Great Outdoors

The ferro rods we use in my practice when teaching fire building

🌳 Are you a pediatric therapist interested in taking your work with children out into nature? The ConTiGO Approach Online Course will open for registration soon: visit to join the waitlist.