There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors! Spending time in nature is good for our bodies, minds, and families. We’ve shared some DIY activities, parks, and organizations that are great for outdoor family time. Try some of these ideas, or create your own adventure!
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Free play (or unstructured play) is child-led play where children are motivated by their own desires and curiosities. Free play is a fundamental necessity for children to thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally. It builds imagination, problem-solving abilities, and social skills. Getting outside is a great way to encourage free play. Read more about the importance of unstructured play and how to encourage it with your kids here.
Make a family meal special by enjoying it at a favorite park or outdoor area.
Grab some dishes and spoons and head to a dirt pile. Create mud pies by mixing dirt and water. The fun is endless!
Spend a quiet minute or more in nature and tune into your senses. Pick a spot to return to regularly and notice the changes over time.
Gather leaves, sticks, rocks, or any nature design and create designs in nature.
Use natural materials to create a fairy house or home for a toad. Add fun details like a bed, walkway, or decorations.
Let your child be a nature photographer while out at a park or on a hike. You’ll be amazing at how much they notice when they are taking photos.
Create a list of things to find, collect, or take pictures of on your next outing.
Add some motivation to your next hike by hiding gummy bears or other treats along the way for the kiddos to find.