Go running!

Running is one activity that is easy, free, and good for your kids’ brains. Studies show that the more physical activity kids get, the better they do academically.  My kids like to time their laps around the neighborhood and a nearby track. They also like competition. Exercise is great for our physical health, but it…

Create a dish garden.

In Richard’s Louv’s book, Lost Child in the Woods, we learn a new term: nature-deficit disorder.  In his book, the author makes the case that kids are so overloaded with screens and media that they need to reconnect with nature in order to meet developmental needs.  How are they going to learn about the world?…

Play backyard golf.

  Play backyard golf. Play backyard golf. You probably didn’t know you can live on a golf course without having to move! It’s actually very easy and inexpensive to create a chip and putt hole in your own back yard! Kids (and Dad) will love going outside to practice on their very own “golf course,”…

Lawn darts.

  Lawn darts. These safe lawn darts can keep your kids occupied for a chunk of time. Lawn darts is a horseshoe type game for the back yard (not for indoors!)  Players take turns seeing who can throw the top heavy darts in the circle placed an agreed distance away. Instruction should be reviewed so…

Stargazing.

 Stargazing.   Who says kids can only play outside in the daylight? Why not do something different this week and take your kids outside after dark to moon/star gaze? As a matter of fact, this week is an excellent time for moon gazing, since on August 10th the full moon, also known as an extra…

Backyard camping.

 Backyard camping. There are so many great things about backyard camping that it’s hard to get your head around all the benefits! When my friend sent me this camping photo I had to post it. I am behind on our backyard camping experience this summer but we will get to it soon! As you already know,…

Wash the dog.

  Wash the dog. Is it time to wash the dog? Don’t call the vet, just get your kids outside to do the job.  This is a great summer activity. It allows your kids to get some confidence and independence around taking care of the animals. It also teaches them how to be patient, how…