Make family dinner an outdoor event – Have a picnic or grill out for dinner one night during the school/work week for unexpected outdoor fun.
Go for a walk or a hike – Find a trail through the woods, at a local park or around the neighborhood. Be sure to allow ample time for children to explore and observe nature along the way.
Go camping in the backyard – Pitch a tent, create a backyard “campfire” to sing songs around, tell stories by flashlight and sleep in sleeping bags under the stars. (Just make sure that rain isn’t in the forecast!)
Go on an insect exploration – Look for interesting insects around your backyard. Buy a bug house and collect lightning bugs or crickets for children to observe. For more fun tips on how to get kids interested in insects, click here.
Hold a scavenger hunt – Make a list of items to find or activities to complete. The list might include things like collecting leaves or flowers, shooting a basket with a basketball, finding a hidden item, rolling in the grass, etc.
Run relay races – Set up goal lines and host relay races with family and friends. You can also set up a fun obstacle course!