Looks like someone else has also had the idea to create "Lincoln planks" for the kids to build with. A permanent installation like this could also work well in the right setting, doubling as outdoor seating as well as a balance course
Campers create a tower of tree cookies in the Natural Play Area's messy materials zone. This zone encourages kids to interact with nature on a "messy level" through stacking tree cookies, playing in the sand, and more.
This pin of an outdoor setting in the rain, reflects the idea that children are capable and competent beings that should explore the natural world and take risks. This is an important principle underpinning the Reggio Emilia Approach.
A Dry river bed instead of a traditional sand pit. Large and smaller river rock lining a sand river with tree stumps, ferns and toys. This is a home daycare that has a lot of natural play elements in their backyard play environment.