Connecting with nature is one of the best ways to learn outside. Whether it’s summer break or just the weekend here are a few ways to break the boredom blues (and keep your sanity as a parent).
When I was growing up we spent 90% of our time learning outside. Exploring, building and just playing everywhere we could. Our imaginations ran wild and we created our own entertainment instead of relying on TV to keep us occupied. Now, it’s too easy to get in the habbit of movies, tv and video games to keep kids busy.
Here are just a few easy and cheap ideas for you and your family to have more fun outside.
GO ON A BACKYARD SAFARI
No matter where you live your backyard is full of wild things. Bugs, birds, animals and more there’s a lot out there if you take a moment to look and listen. Embark on a local Safari and see how many creatures you can discover. Bring a camera, binoculars and something to document what you find. Make a goal of 5-10 main creatures you want to see and use your explorer skills to find them. Document them by drawing a picture and noting the location where you found them.
TAKE NIGHTTIME WALK
Just because the sun went down doesn’t mean the outside fun is done. A night time walk can open up a whole new world of nocturnal creatures, sounds and stars. Head out with a mission or with a route in mind. Pack a treat for mid-way and bring fun flashlights or headlamps to light the way . Chat about what you can see, being safe at night and what fun things there are to discover.
BACKYARD (OR FRONTYARD) CAMPOUT
Far away can be close by when you set up camp in the backyard. Go on a real campout without leaving the comforts of home. Staying close by is a great way to introduce camping to young ones and gives the options of heading back inside. You don’t need to wait for the weekend for a backyard camping trip and your own bathroom is quite the camping luxury.
There are a million and one ways to learn something new outdoors. It just takes a little creativity and a little willingness to be a kid again. Even something simple like throwing rocks into the water can turn into a fun lesson in physics and fitness!
Here’s some gear to get you started: