Nowadays there is a lot more being said about children being outside. The emphasis is on more movement and less time indoors watching television or playing video games. We would like to share some activities that children can do outside, but please remember about safety.
1. Water play – Small dish pans filled with water. Provide cups, spoons, funnels. Look to your kitchen, yard sales, or thrift stores for gadgets you can use in water. You can also have the children wash toys, dolls, or doll clothes.
**Please remember to supervise children with any type of water activity, since young children could drown in only a few inches of water.**
2. Paint with water – Provide a bucket of water and a variety of paint brushes ( you want to use at least 2 or 3 inch wide brushes).
3. Plastic Spray Bottles – Fill with water and spray plants, trees, fence, each other, etc.
4. Chalk – Write on patio or sidewalk with chalk, wash off with water.
5. Read Books – The children can sit on carpet squares or blankets or old sheets.
6. Hide and Go Seek
7. Red light, green light
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9. Obstacle Course – Make one with things from your house/yard.
10. Collect Bugs
11. Have snack and/or lunch outside.
12. Play ball – soccer, football, kickball, catch or just throwing or bouncing a ball.
13. Shaving Cream – Have children play on trays or shower curtains (Have a tub of water nearby to rinse hands off).
14. Ride bikes, big wheels, tricycles.
15. Balloon Tether Ball – Blow up some balloons and tie ribbon or yarn to it. Attach to branches of a tree and let the children hit it. (Please be careful with balloons with young children, they are a choking hazard).
Many of the things needed for your child to have fun outside can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or Walmart. I like to buy things inexpensively but I don’t want it to be so cheap that they break after a few uses.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23 (KJV)