Friday, May 23, 2014

Outdoor Fun To Do List!

I'm a big fan of the seasonal fun check-lists, if only to direct our time as a family to be intentional. Last year, I was just not into Summer, and I sort of just let the season happen without any direction. We still had some good times together, but I felt like we missed out on a lot of living!

Rather than post the same old lists, I decided to focus this year on being Outdoors.

To enhance this idea, I told Luke that our policy for the summer is that we will only play video games if it's raining, and a rainy day doesn't guarantee video games. I totally understand his desire to play them in all of his free time - I am a snuggle up and do calm activities type, too. But I'm feeling called outdoors and back to basics for our family life, even if it's not my natural wiring.

SO, this year's list is all about doing things Outside together! We're going to get wet, muddy, and messy!

  • Plant our veggie & herb gardens together as a family.
  • Help the kids plant and grow their own watermelon seedlings.
  • Camp out in the backyard.
  • Make a yarn-filled feeder to help the birds build their nests.
  • Go Strawberry picking.
  • Visit the Zoo.
  • Do some backyard puddle jumping.
  • Go Blueberry picking.
  • Go camping for the weekend.
  • Make a backyard obstacle course.
  • Spend a day at the beach.
  • Make homemade bird feeders.
  • Go putt-putt golfing.
  • Paint rocks.
  • Make paper airplanes and fly them outside.
  • Have a no electricity day and cook everything outside.
  • Go for a family bike ride.
  • Make homemade ice cream.
  • Have a nature scavenger hunt.
  • Plan a playground tour and picnic.
  • Play soccer, golf, t-ball, kickball and other sports in the backyard.
  • Play with water with the water table and buckets.
  • Spend time reading outside beneath a tree.
  • Paint using pieces of nature as brushes.
  • Build a sandcastle in the sandbox.
  • Make play tools out of things found in nature.
  • Make a town on the patio to drive matchbox cars on.
  • Freeze small toys into an ice block and chip and melt the ice away.
  • Work on a little gnome garden with the boys.
  • Make a chalk masterpiece on the back patio.

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