Driveway basketball.

I can’t explain how much I love this basketball hoop in our driveway.  I see it as my right hand assistant with this media management job I have. I ‘hired’ this wonderful assistant a few years ago (it was actually a hand-me-down rolled down from the neighbors driveway) and it has done an excellent job…

Chalk.

 Sidewalk chalk. Chalk is great fun for your little kids but don’t rule out the big kids with this outdoor activity! Teens can come up with some beautiful sidewalk art…You can give them a theme or just hand over the bucket of sidewalk chalk and see what they create. I have seen small cities, animals…

Draw.

Drawing outside. Who says you have to be inside to draw? Give your boys some paper and crayons or markers and send him outside in the shade. Give them a theme if they can’t get started: a tree, a flower, a bird, the car or simply tell them to draw something they see outside. Why…

Swing.

   Swing. Right up there with throwing the football and climbing a tree, swinging is a foundational developmental necessity of childhood. Mom may not understand all the science behind it but she knows that there is something important about that swing. The vestibular system is very important in a child’s development and nothing activates it…

Climb a tree.

Climb a tree. I know it may feel a little dangerous for mom,  but tree climbing (or climbing anything) it is a childhood developmental milestone and is a skill that your child should practice on a regular basis.  This takes some practice and chances are that if he doesn’t spend much time outside he has…

Football.

Football in the front yard. Who needs a football field to play football? The front yard will do just fine. This is a classic outside boy opportunity to get moving. Every boy should know how to catch a football and practice is key for the huge developmental benefits not to mention getting loads of energy…

Bikes.

Bike riding with friends.  One of the most fun outside things your child can do is bike riding! Every boy needs to master the skill of riding bikes with friends. It accomplishes so many developmental tasks: balance, coordination, social skills, accomplishment, goal setting and confidence. Bike riding  builds neuronal pathways that will benefit him for…