Boredom can easily set in when kids are home for weeks at a time. Rise to the occasion with these unique activities to help your kiddos savor the great outdoors.
Enjoy Cinema Under the Stars
Grab a projector, some healthy bites, and your favorite family movie and head into the backyard. Snuggle up on the lawn furniture for a magical movie night amongst the fireflies and gentle sound of crickets. Use an empty wall, garage door, or bed sheet to create a makeshift movie screen. Invite the neighbors for some extra fun or keep it simple with just mom, dad, and kids. (Projectors can be rented from your local library or university. If you plan to use it often, amazon.com sells affordable ones like the Crenova XPE460 Mini Home Projector for $81.)
Go Forest Bathing
Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, was created in Japan in the 1980’s as a form of natural therapy that employs simply surrounding yourself in nature. On a hot day, gather the family and head into a cool, treetop covered forest for a refreshing escape. While there, show your kids how to breathe deep, take things slow, and notice the little wonders of the woodlands around you.
Create a Sensory Garden
Stimulating the senses through playtime helps children develop their cognitive skills, building the foundation for future creative thinking and problem solving. A sensory garden offers the perfect mix of outdoor fun with sensory learning that kids can carry with them for years to come. This summer, plant a variety of flowers and herbs featuring different colors, shapes, sizes, textures, and scents for your little ones to get up close and personal with all five of their senses. Be sure to have them identify the differences between each plant to fully digest all that they are experiencing.
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