These simple, imaginative, and fun activities open new windows in a world dominated by technology. I encourage you to get out and make memories with your children this weekend.
Gardening with your kids
Gardens are full of magic and surprises. Gardening with children is your chance to partner with Mother Nature to make magic. Just dig in and grow something beautiful or good to eat. Your garden is your treasure chest which you can explore together. Watch them pull a carrot from the earth or see the anticipation in their eyes creating a bouquet of flowers they grew. Adults and children, both learn patience in the garden while waiting for nature to take its course. Giving children responsibilities like watering the plants and pulling weeds can help them learn life long-skills.
Build a secret fort outdoors
Find a spot in the yard where you can build a fort. Ask them to line up rocks to make borders. Rope together big branches to make walls. Or even build something from scrap wood. Drape old sheets over lower tree limbs and clotheslines. Have a picnic there.
Children love being outdoors, running around and findings ways to play with water. Washing the car is a great way to get children involved in an activity while “helping” mom and dad. They can even wash their bikes, scooters, and outdoor toys.
Go on a Bug Hunt
Go on a hunt in the woods, your garden or a playground to see what you can find. Bugs tend to like dark, damp places so investigate leaf piles, under logs and tiny nooks and crannies, as well as flowers and plants. Be sure to teach them to respect nature and leave their homes as you find them.
Chalk it Up
Sidewalk art is a fun and creative way to make art and be outside. Kids love sidewalk chalk. Use the glow-in the dark kind so you and your child can glimpse your artwork from the window at bedtime. You can also make scenes, strike poses and take pictures.