More Time in Nature
- Morning nature walks and evening sunset chases.
- pick up litter in the park.
- If you have a farm, spend time with the animals, feed and care for them, and chase chickens (or visit a neighborhood farm and ask if the kids can help feed and care for the animals.)
- Teach kids how to build a fire and then roast marshmallows to celebrate their new life skill.
- Sow seeds, plant bulbs, weed beds, cultivate a garden.
- Celebrate new blooms together. Harvest flowers, herbs and vegetables together. Dig for potatoes together.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Create an outdoor scavender hunt.
- Forage for pretty flowers and other botanicals to press.
- Play in the rain and splash in the puddles.
- Make a fort in the backyard for hours of imaginary play.
- Night biking with headlamps.
- Star gaze on clear nights.
- Impromptu photo sessions with mom.
- Day trips to your favorite local lake.
- Mountain biking down your favorite bike trails.
- Swing in the hammock and read a book.
- Forage for mushrooms.
- Play in the blowup pool and play tag with the hose.
- Pull out the sprinkler!
- Throw a football around, play basketball, soccer, or lacrosse.
- Pull out the sidewalk chalk and make a hopscotch from one end of the driveway to the next. Then draw murals of your favorite things.
- Hang clothes and sheets to dry on the line and then run through said sheets for hours.
- Search for heart-shaped rocks to paint.
- Entire days spent exploring along the coast.
- Run out to celebrate the first snowfall of the season.
- Sled, shovel snow, and make snow angels and snowmen.
I recommend the book, Play The Forest School Way: Woodland Games And Crafts For Adventurous Kids by Peter Houghton and Jane Worroll for more ideas. Just imagine all the memories you can make this year. I can’t wait to see what blessings your new year outdoors brings you.
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