We have been cooped up all winter long, now the outdoors beckon us. Are you listening, do you hear the call? Go outside! And take the kids along with you. According to The Outdoor Foundation, outdoor recreation for youth has dropped 17% over the past 3 years. The increase in technology is a part of the matter, not to mention our crazy busy schedules. Regardless, it’s time to take a break from those video games and schedules. There are a lot of fun activities you can plan that will intrigue the kids to go along with your plan, as opposed to be lured by the Mario Brothers.
A few simple items can make outside activities even more alluring; bubbles, Frisbees, and a kite or two for windy days. Picnics are perfect, especially if you make the kids a part of the process. Have them help choose and prepare the food for the picnic, as well as pack up the pic-a-nic basket. Wonderful menu items such as sandwiches made on whole wheat mini bagels, fresh fruit skewers, pasta salad, or yogurt with homemade granola are the perfect fare.
Start saving up and cleaning out those jelly jars for nature walks. Provide each child with a small jar to collect interesting leaves, rocks, sticks, nuts, pinecones, shells and more in their jar. After the walk they can decorate the jar with sparkles and beads and keep it as a souvenir to remember their fun day!
With all the beautiful wildflowers popping up, send the kids out to gather up a beautiful bouquet for the dinner table. Once they return with their botanical bounty give them a vase and maybe even some ribbon to finish their masterpiece.
Creating fairy houses, or even villages, is a great way to connect children to nature. Stones become furniture, flowers become dishware, pumpkins become housing structures, let their imagine run wild!
How do you get your kids out in nature?
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