It's summer! Your kids are out of school and they are home ALL day with you. What are you going to do? Well first, breathe. Summer time is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children. Try out these FREE, fun, simple OUTDOOR activities you can do with your kids.
1. Have a picnic. Let your kids take turns choosing a special location: at a park, in your backyard, or on the beach. A picnic can consist of mix-matched foods and healthy snacks. This is a perfect time to sneak in fruits and vegetables. Try these healthy snacks in disguise: ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins on top), or frozen banana pops (slice bananas, roll in peanut butter, and sprinkle peanuts or cereal on top). The best part about these sneaky snacks is your children can help you make them.
2. Draw on the sidewalk. The sidewalk is not just used for walking, skateboarding, and rollerblading. It's a blank canvas - a different medium for your children to be creative. Drawing on the sidewalk gives them another perspective for art and opens doors to creativity. Sidewalk chalk comes in all colors and is easily and quickly washed away. Don't be afraid to get your knees a little dirty, and your arms a little chalky. Children are never afraid to get messy, so you shouldn't be either.
3. Visit the park. Your daughter wants to practice riding her new bike, your son wants to try tricks on his skateboard, and your dog needs to be walked. Where can you go? Go to the park. Your family has endless outdoor-safe activities to play at a local park. It also provides opportunity for social interaction with neighborhood families and local friends from school.