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Get Those Kids Outside!

Winter is over and the warm weather is finally here, making it the perfect time to take your kids outside for some fun! Here are my top 6 favorite outdoor activities that won’t break the bank or your patience:

1. Nature Scavenger Hunt:

A nature scavenger hunt with your children will encourage them to get curious and use their observation skills. Create a list of items that can be found in your local park or backyard, such as a specific leaf, a colorful flower, or a small pebble. Armed with their list, let your kids explore, discover, and collect the items. This activity not only promotes outdoor exploration but also keeps them busy while you enjoy the sunshine!

2. Plant a Garden:

Spring is the perfect time to teach your children about gardening and the wonders of growing plants. I like to include them in the entire process, from selecting seeds or starts to preparing the soil and planting - but I know that isn’t for every season of life. If possible, let them take responsibility for watering and caring for the plants, and watch their excitement as they witness their efforts blossom into beautiful flowers or nutritious vegetables and herbs. Gardening helps build patience, responsibility, and an appreciation for the environment.

3. Picnic in the Park:

Pack a delicious picnic and head to your local park or a nearby green space. Let your children pick their favorite snacks and involve them in the preparation of the picnic basket. Spread out a blanket, enjoy the fresh air, and indulge in tasty treats while soaking up the sun with your kids. Bring along some outdoor games like frisbee or a ball to add an extra dose of fun and physical activity to the outing.

4. Bug Watching:

Spring is full of beautiful bugs! Take your kids to a butterfly garden, like the Butterfly Haven in Blackfoot, out to your backyard or a local park. You can also bring along a bug identification book or use your phone to identify different species. Encourage your children to walk slowly and quietly and to see if they can find any bugs without stepping on them. This activity is not only educational but also fosters a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

5. Bike Rides:

My very favorite activity! It’s time to dust off those bikes and explore your neighborhood with your kids. Spring weather offers an ideal opportunity to get active and enjoy the outdoors. Take leisurely rides together, exploring different routes and discovering new places in your area. It's a great way to promote physical fitness, spend quality time together, and teach your children about road safety.

6. Outdoor Art:

My kids love to sit on the front porch and water color in the sunshine! You can encourage your children's creativity by engaging in any art activities outside. Provide them with washable sidewalk chalk to create colorful masterpieces on the pavement. Set up an outdoor easel and let them paint with washable paint or create nature-inspired collages using leaves, flowers, and twigs. Outdoor art not only stimulates imagination but also allows kids to appreciate the beauty of nature.

The end of winter brings so many opportunities to share memorable experiences with your children. Engaging in outdoor activities not only allows them to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine but also provides time for learning, exploration, and family bonding. Whether you're discovering new plant life, observing bugs, or simply enjoying a picnic, these activities will create cherished memories and foster a lifelong love for the natural world.

Children enjoying a nature park
Kids outside

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