I’m in the middle of a busy week with my oldest graduating (!) and sending 3 kids off (in 2 directions) for various events and contests. I also leave to meet up with Luke in California next week, so things are a tad hectic to say the least. While I am running in circles here at home, I thought I would share this fun post which just went live over at the Jelly Telly blog.
I should be back here soon with a really fun summer – themed (giveaway!) post…Meanwhile I hope today’s post inspires you to get outside and have some fun with your kids this summer!
25 Outdoor Activities that Make the Best Summer Memories!
Let’s open up with a little exercise in childhood self-reflection. Yes, your own childhood.
If I were to ask you to name three or four of your top summertime childhood memories, what comes to mind?
Take a minute to ponder this. Close your eyes perhaps, and imagine. If you have the space, drift back to the time and place and just enjoy the memory.
Now, I’m no mind-reader, but can I make a crazy assumption?
Most, if not all of those memories, occurred in the outdoors.
(Am I right?)
When I asked my friends this question, I got answers like: Summer camp, running through sprinklers in the backyard, playing in a tree fort, going to the public pool, camp fires with my family, floating down a river, star-gazing, and much more. Almost every memory came from the outdoors.
Yet it seems a bit harder today to give our kids ample time outdoors than it did when I was young. Freely roaming children are not as safe, (not to mention socially acceptable) as they used to be.
It seems that in order for us to give our kids great experiences in the outdoors we have to physically be outdoors with them. (What happened to the days of mom pushing kids out the door and saying “Be back at dinner time!?” I love that idea but I would never actually do it!)
We have to plan things. We have to prepare, organize…and, I don’t know about you, but all of that speaks to me of: WORK.
In order for us parents to get anything done at home, it is much easier to: turn on the gaming system, pull out a set of Legos…click on Netflix, or bring out just about any indoor project. (Most of which are good as well, they just all keep us…well, indoors.)
So, going back to our own summer memories, let’s be reminded of the VALUE of outside time when kids are young! And let me suggest that we don’t have to make it complicated to make it memorable.
The fact is: A bit more outside time is good for all of us…adults included. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair, but can be mixed into our productive and busy days. With that in mind, I am sharing a list of 25 outdoor activities for you to try this summer. Perhaps you can use this as a checklist and attempt to do each item once during summer break!? Or add to the list and make it personal.
Hop over to the JELLY TELLY blog to find a list of 25 (very do-able) ideas for things to do outdoors with your kids this summer!
See ya back here soon! 😉