Jump rope.

For boys and girls jump rope is a wonderful outdoor activity with many life long benefits. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to do for all ages, but it also meets the very important developmental and exercise needs in a fun activity.  Invest $5-6 in a rope with the rollers (the beads) found in…

Archery.

Archery is definitely an outdoor activity, don’t try this inside! Boys love to do things that can be measured and clearly evaluated. This sport fits the bill.  They also get instant feedback with every arrow and when they get close to or hit the bull’s-eye it is thrilling! My son still has a target that…

Playing Frisbee.

Playing Frisbee. Does your child know how to throw a Frisbee? Now is a good time to practice. This is a very inexpensive way to get a great full body workout while socializing at the same time but for kids there is even a bigger benefit. While organized Frisbee games are wonderful just the simple…

Fishing.

Another favorite activity that has been around forever but is still alive and kicking is fishing. Do you have a fishing story? I hope you do. Some of my best memories of my grandmother’s house are centered around the pond in her back yard. As small children we would head down to this pond daily…

Hide and seek.

    Hide and seek. This oldie but goodie childhood game was always one of my favorites! Along with all the variations of this classic play activity the standard hide and seek is still great fun. Send your kids out today for 30 minutes of hide and seek and it will open the door to more…

Fireflies.

What would childhood be without memories of catching fireflies in the yard after dark on a humid summer night?  Nothing says summer is here quite like my boys running through the back door announcing: “Mom the fireflies are out tonight!”  This is a great activity and while you may think it is a bit silly or…

Little Free library!

  This is about the coolest thing ever! When I saw this in a friends neighborhood I just had to stop and take a picture. The concept is to leave a book and take a book for your neighborhood to share. Obviously getting/building the library house takes more than 30 minutes but your kids can…

Playing catch.

Playing catch. This age old simple past time is worth re-considering especially if your son hasn’t done it in awhile. Make sure his glove fits. Find some good baseballs in the garage. Show him where he can throw away from windows. Barefoot in the grass is best. Send him outside. If he comes in after…