5 Fun Outdoor Activities for the Kids

So you want to spend more time in the great outdoors with the kids, but you’re not sure how to get them interested? There’s a stack of great things you can do around your home or in your area that don’t involve a great deal of expense, can be done in spare time, and are a stack of fun for you and the kids. So what outdoors things can you do with the kids that don’t require a huge amount of input for a huge amount of enjoyment? Check out the ideas below.

1. Get Them into the Backyard

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When was the last time you really had fun with the kids on the grass? A good game of football, playing catch, or just lying on the ground, making shapes out of the clouds? It’s probably been too long, but it’s probably not just because you’re short on time. One of the main reasons people don’t play on the grass is because their grass is terrible – it’s full of weeds, the ground is uneven, or the coverage is patchy. If you’re avoiding your grass because it’s uncomfortable, chat to a turfing expert, such as Hancey’s Turf, or visit this website to see how installing some turf can transform your backyard into a fun and family-friendly area again.

2. Family Vegetable Patch

How delicious are fresh vegetables? Tomatoes that don’t taste like cardboard? Lettuce that doesn’t smell like a freezer? Herbs that jump off the plate with flavour? Kids love getting their hands dirty, and what better way to get them dirty than to introduce them to their own vegetable garden? It’s fun. It’s educational. It teaches them about the food cycle – what could be better?

3. Fresh Eggs, Anyone?

Fresh eggs every morning? Yes please! Chickens teach children patience and respect for animals, and can also help them develop the friendly and caring aspects of their personalities. You’ll be amazed at how inexpensive a chicken coop is and be blown away at just how delicious fresh eggs are.

4. Smell the Roses…

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…or the sunflowers, the petunias, or the marigold. Kids just love watching flowers grow from seedlings into bunches of colourful goodness. Getting outdoors with your kids around their very own flower bed is such a great way to spend a lazy hour, plus, you’ve got fresh flowers for a bouquet every week – everyone wins!

5. Get to the Beach

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So you’ve got no garden to visit? Do what any self-respecting parent would do and get to the beach! Do you remember those lazy summer days at the beach? Mornings in the waves, enjoying lunch over piping hot fish and chips, afternoons building the best sandcastles ever and early evening cool downs? Everyone loves the beach – what are you waiting for? Grab the body boards, the buckets and sunscreen and get to the beach!

What outdoor activities do you enjoy outdoors with your children? Are you a garden person, enjoy a good hike in the mountains or a play at a local park? Maybe you’ve already involved your kids in a backyard project? Share what you do with your kids outdoors in the comments below.

Rainy Day Activities

Last Wednesday classes were suspended from pre-school to college because of typhoon Juaning (international name: “Nock-Ten”). RJ was home the whole day watching her favorite movies while drawing. You know kids…they will do anything to entertain themselves. They can’t just sit and watch TV or sleep the whole day just like most of us, adults, do on free time. I thought RJ was enjoying until I saw her Facebook shout out…

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“I hope classes resume tomorrow. I want to have lessons again in school.
It’s boring in the house”

I can’t believe that my girl now understands the meaning of bored and boring. Boredom is an adult concept. Children cannot be bored unless they have nothing to do or nothing interests them. Just in RJ’s case, it was raining cats and dogs so she can’t play outside. She just watched her DVD movies for the nth time. Yeah, sounds like a very boring day. The solution must have been very easy if I only paid attention. Guilty Mommy here… I was so engrossed blogging and Facebooking so I didn’t discern whether RJ is enjoying or not. I should have taken advantage of that day and watched, read or played with her instead.

If you hear same outcry from your kids, just give them something interesting to do that will get them un-bored. Here are some activities for your kids on rainy seasons…

Indoor activities:
Family fun crafts
Puppet show
Classic board games
Singing (Videoke)
Magic tricks
Hide and seek
Cooking or baking (with your supervision)

Outdoor activities:
Sandbox
Backyard and driveway games (marble launch, tags, and the likes)
Or just play out in the rain, thump in the water and jump into created puddles.

These are just suggestions. Kids have different interests so it would be best to know what interests your kids the most before planning your rainy day activities.

Summertime

Summer is marked by the longest day and shortest nights. This means more outdoor activities and more bonding moments for us. We have scheduled activities this summer and on the top of the list of course is swimming.

Like other kids, RJ loves to dip and play in the water. She swims from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. and never gets tired. How I wish I have the same stamina as hers.

 

We also go to zoos and parks and stay there the whole morning. We have picnic mat and foods. It’s a perfect bonding time for my “mag-ama” because they can play longer. I love watching them while they are playing and teasing each other.

 

 

Summer also means more biking time for RJ and bonding with her cousins.

 

Thinking of perfect activities this summer? My list below might help you.

Bake and cook. RJ can have fun decorating and doing the taste test. She loves desserts so we will make grayham cakes, ice candy, mais con yelo and halo-halo together.
Scrapbooking. I will let her do her own scrapbook.
Draw and color. We will draw together as we both love to draw, sketch and color.
Board games. The three of us will play scrabble, snakes and ladders and I am planning to buy word factory.
Sungka. Playing sungka can be a good mother and child’s bonding too.
Make audio and video recordings. RJ loves taking pictures too. Maybe I can let her take pictures and make her own video.
Watch movies. I am starting to download movies for kids. We will watch together whie eating popcorn and our favorite snacks.
Videoke and dance. These are good past times too.

We can also do some outdoor fun like…
Swimming. We have mini pool and weekends are the perfect time for swimming as hubby can swim with us.
Stroll. Take trips to parks and playgrounds in the morning and have a picnic there.
Badminton. RJ and I both don’t know how to play badminton so hubby can teach us this summer and learn together.
Visit grandparents. We seldom visit her grandparents during school days. Maybe we can visit them every other week this vacation.
Arcade games. Playing in the mall’s arcade once in a while can be fun too.
• Or we can visit museums, galleries, ocean parks and zoos.

Indoor and Outdoor Activities Perfect for Kids

I was busy making RJ’s reviewers last week. It is her finals today until Wednesday. I am glad that her teachers gave the pointers to review earlier. RJ’s vacation will start on Thursday and will last for 2 months. Knowing her, active as she is, she will surely get bored inside our house. She has no siblings and has no one to play with except for our neighbors’ kids. But then, I cannot let her play outside all throughout the day so I made a list of the indoor and outdoor activities that can be a perfect family bonding this summer…

 

Bake and cook. RJ can have fun decorating and doing the taste test. She loves desserts so we will make grayham cakes, ice candy, mais con yelo and halo-halo together.
Scrapbooking. I will let her do her own scrapbook.
Draw and color. We will draw together as we both love to draw, sketch and color.
Board games. The three of us will play scrabble, snakes and ladders and I am planning to buy word factory.
Sungka. Playing sungka can be a good mother and child’s bonding too.
Make audio and video recordings. RJ loves taking pictures too. Maybe I can let her take pictures and make her own video.
Watch movies. I am starting to download movies for kids. We will watch together whie eating popcorn and our favorite snacks.
Videoke and dance. We all love to sing and dance. 

We can also do some outdoor fun like…
Swimming. We have mini pool and weekends are the perfect time for swimming as hubby can swim with us.
Stroll. Take trips to parks and playgrounds in the morning and have a picnic there.
Badminton. RJ and I both don’t know how to play badminton so hubby can teach us this summer and learn together.
Visit grandparents. We seldom visit her grandparents during school days. Maybe we can visit them every other week this vacation.
Arcade games. Playing in the mall’s arcade once in a while can be fun too.
• Or we can visit museums, galleries, ocean parks and zoos.

Stay at home Moms like me have pockets of time to fill but we always find time for our family.