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The Big Summer Activity List For Kids

Apr 25, 2018

A little planning can go a long way in creating a fun summer and great family memories.

Summer is a time for fun activities and exploration, but sometimes kids get bored. Here are a few ideas for combating boredom during the summer months.

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Summer should be full of fun, exciting activity options, yet we often hear "I'm bored" escape the lips of our nearest and dearest. 

The good news is that, with a little planning and creativity, we can set the stage for a lot of summer fun and great family memories.

I've put together a collection of ideas that you can adapt to your kids' ages. As the mother of a teen, I tend to think along the lines of teen life, but as a grandmother, I still have little ones in mind.
Here are ten fun summer activities the entire family can enjoy.

First, let's talk about themed weeks.

Spring Activities To Do With Your Kids (Indoors and Outdoors)

Mar 8, 2017

Spring is in the air!
Spring Activities to Do with Kids

The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make spring such a wonderful time of year. Everyone is excited to get outside!

Sometimes, however, the weather doesn't cooperate, so today am sharing both indoor and outdoor activities you can do with your children.
Here is a list of activities. On the warmer days you might want to get out and enjoy the weather, and on some more rainy or cooler days stay inside!

30 Ways Your Kids Can Enjoy 30 Minutes in Nature

Feb 22, 2016

Child playing outdoors

Kids these days aren't spending enough time outdoors.

Perhaps Miss Charlotte Mason and Mr. John Muir understood the importance of being outdoors, but modern people seem to be lacking in this knowledge.

Nature isn't just for naturalists. It's for everyone.

Nature was created for us. Therefore, we benefit from it. In fact, we need it. Nature is the key to good physical and mental health. 

Just google "children, outdoors, important" and you'll find a wealth of information on the social, cognitive, and health benefits of being outdoors.

So how can we get out kids outdoors more often?

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30 Ways Your Kids Can Enjoy 30 Minutes in Nature

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Here are some easy ways to add outdoor time to your day. 

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  • Make a nature shadow box or nature table.
  • Look for traces of animals (tracks and scat).
  • Sketch in your nature journal.
  • Collect items for your nature journal.
  • Listen for sounds in nature.

  • Eat outside. Always fun!
  • Observe spiders and their webs.
  • Take photos. Macro photos of flowers, spiders, icicles, or any other thing in nature, make for a great scrapbook or addition to your nature journal.
  • Climb trees.
  • Build a fort!

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  • Play outdoor games.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Explore shells and rocks at the beach.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Hike in a nearby state park.
What ideas would you add to the list?

More useful tasks that take little time!

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More Screen-Free Fun: 50 Things to Do Outdoors

Apr 18, 2013

Playing outdoors is the most natural thing for children. Here is a list of 50 things to do outdoors in an effort to be more screen-free.

Today is Day #4 of my 10-day series on "Screen-Free Family Activities".

The most natural things for children to do is play outdoors. Today's post is focused on outdoor activities for the family. Being outdoors provides sunshine (vitamin D!), exercise and great childhood memories. 

Today I've compiled a list of things to do outdoors. While many of these activities can be done without adult-participation (think mud pies), all of them can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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