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I’m a homebody by nature, so I always struggle with outside activities.
My kids are little and full of energy, and they really love to play outside. Plus, living in sunny, Southern California, the weather is pretty much ALWAYS perfect for playing outdoors, so I kind of feel obligated to get outside. I mean, isn’t this weather the reason why it’s so expensive to live here? I might as well get my money’s worth.
I’ve never been outdoorsy or super active. I was an only child that read books and played pretend in my room. My son is the same way. He prefers reading alone, sitting on the bench at the park complaining about the sun. (Geez, kid. What are you half-vampire?)
His sisters on the other hand, love outdoor play. They run and jump and climb and can’t get enough. And they want their brother and me to join them. Me and my son who would very happily just hang out under a tree and wait for this whole “outside playtime” thing to be over.
I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines. I want to be engaged with my kids, all of them. I want to help build their sibling bonds. I want playing with me to be part of their childhood memories. I want outside activities to be a regular occurrence and a chance for us to grow closer as a family.
I know the benefits of outdoor play for their development. I know that playing outside increases physical fitness & vitamin D levels, improves concentration and creative play, promotes problem-solving and social skills, reduces anxiety, and strengthens the immune system. I know that playgrounds are a place for play and learning, where children develop in the areas of leadership, teamwork, perseverance, and where they build valuable social relationships.
I know, I KNOW!
So I’m stepping outside my comfort zone and making it a priority to go outside and play, even though every bone in this homebody would rather not. I’m making a commitment to not just linger in our backyard a little sometimes, but actually take trips to the park on a regular basis. Parks with awesome playgrounds like those developed by Landscape Structures, a company committed to the motto “For A Better Tomorrow, We Play Today.”
But in order to make this a reality, I needed to make a list. I’m just weird like that. I need lists of ideas, or I just revert to old habits. So here you go! 25 Super Fun Outside Activities for Kids (and Moms) Maybe they will help you play outside with your kids more often, too.
25 Super Fun Outside Activities for Kids (and Moms)
- Fly A Kite
- Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
- Play Catch
- Climb a Tree
- Dig in the dirt
- Play dodgeball
- Hunt for bugs
- Collect “treasures” (ex. Rocks, flowers, etc.)
- Play four square
- Duck, duck, goose
- Animal pretend (ex. Act like animals from the zoo, from the farm, etc.)
- Go puddle jumping
- Sail origami boats in the rain gutter
- Blow bubbles
- Water paint the sidewalk
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
- Roll down a hill
- Make a mud pie
- Set up a snail race
- Play on the swings
- Play hide and seek
- Play tag
- Toss sponges or water balloons
- Ride bikes or scooters
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