It's Spring..........Get Outside!
By Terri Seymour
There are so many wonderful and fun ways to enjoy the outdoors
with your family and spring is one of the best times to get started!
Birdwatching - Educational and fun. Doesn't take a lot of money.
A pair of binoculars and a bird guide are helpful but not necessary. Birds can
be found in your backyard, in the park or deep in the woods. Keep a bird
watching diary and see how many species you can come up with and take note of
the differences. Make it a challenging, learning experience for you and your
Picnic - Picnics are great fun and very relaxing. Go to the
park, the lake, hike into the woods, etc. One of our favorite things to do is to
pack a cooler full of goodies, get in the car and see what new things and new
places we could find to explore. When we got hungry we would stop and picnic!
Great way to spend a family day.
Fishing - Kids love fishing! Pack a lunch, drive down to the
lake or river and have a day of fishing. Make a contest of it just to add to the
fun. Whoever wins gets to pick out the family movie and whoever loses has to
make all the popcorn - simple incentives to add to the sport of it. ;-)
Nature Walks - Get out your backpacks and get on the trails.
Teach your children about nature and the importance of treating it with respect.
Watch for wildlife, birds and interesting plants, trees and other wonders of
nature. There are so many!
Outdoor Games - Croquet, horseshoes, badminton, baseball, and
even bubble blowing are all fun and healthy activities for your whole family. We
started bubble blowing with our first son every spring and it has become a
Seymour family tradition. Something about all those bubbles in the spring makes
for a very fun time! ;-)
Start that Garden - Learning how plants grow and growing them
themselves is a wondrous hobby for kids to partake in. Have a small container
garden or windowsill garden if you have no yard room. Let your child decide
which plants/vegetables whey would like to grow!
Boat Rides - Get out the row boat or canoe and take a relaxing
ride with the family. My older son and I would take the row boat and Terry and
our younger son would take the canoe. We would have races, play follow the
leader, and many other fun things. ( Of course, the canoe always won, but we had
fun trying!) And we always made sure we had our life vests on!
Rock Climbing - Be careful with this one. You want to start out
with the smaller rocks and do not climb any dangerous rocks without experience
or safety equipment. We have had many exhilarating times climbing rocks, even
though we never got into the "dangerous" ones.
The world is a beautiful and wondrous place. You can relive this
wonder every time you do something with your children. This is a great gift to
give your children as well. So get outside and be amazed at the world and
everything in it!
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