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Exercise outside.

Exercise makes your kids smarter. The more they exercise the better they do academically, the healthier their heart is (now and in the future), and the better their moods will be.  But you may not have realized that their brain function is also increased with exercise. Why is exercise so good for us physically? Because…

Hang a tire swing.

Mom,  every backyard needs a tire swing! This is one of the least expensive, almost free, backyard toys around. You can go to just about any auto repair garage or gas station and they will gladly give you a used tire. Then you go to a home store and purchase some rope (the 5/8 inch…

Play soccer in the back yard.

How many hours have your kids played soccer  barefoot in the back yard in the grass? This is another activity that can be done alone or with a friend and, yes, it involves yet another ball! Soccer is excellent exercise not to mention all the other physical and developmental benefits. The movement required to run…

Plant a garden.

It is not too late to get to work on a garden! Planting a garden is an awesome kid friendly activity. It takes some upfront prep and your boys are perfect for the job. You can do a little research and find many ways to have a successful large or small garden. The point is…

Play four square.

You don’t need a four square ball to play four square but it is pretty cool and inexpensive (under $5).  This is a fun game that everyone can play, old or young it doesn’t matter. Even grandma can join in.  The rules are simple and if you don’t have natural cracks in your driveway like we…

Sparklers and fireworks!

   This may be the single activity that is sure to get your child off the digital couch. Most boys will run out the door when the word fireworks is mentioned!  Of course you need to supervise if your child is young. Sparklers may be safer for your younger child. They are simple and very…