Enjoying Fall… Outdoors!

With the weather finally cooling my kids and I are having a blast playing outside! That said, there are times when I have to encourage them to stay outside. Making something similar to this Indoor Boredom Buster Dice, we created a dice   full of activities they can do outside. Whenever they complain, “Mom, but I don’t want to ride my scooter – I wanna come inside.” We roll the dice and see what fun activity we get to do together.

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Here are just a few of the activities the kids and I thought of to put on our outside dice. Do you have any ideas to add?   Let me know in the comments!

  1. Go on a Nature Hunt. – Can you find 10 living and 10 non-living things?
  2. Race, play Red Light, Green Light or do Basketball suicides. We have even played fetch, where I throw a ball or another toy and the kids race to see who can get it first.
  3. Make a mini-pool out of a tupperware tub. This is by far one of their favorite activities. We’ll fill a shallow tub with water and as it is Spring and too cool for true swimming, the kids get to practice pouring and dumping all with minimum mess/wetness.
  4. Make and play with Moon Sand. Another favorite activity we use with a tupperware tub to help contain the spread of the sand.
  5. Decorate your sidewalks with chalk or sidewalk paint. We love playing with chalk and have even created our very own sidewalk paint recipe!
  6. Weed the lawn or water the grass. You can use a sprinkler if the weather is balmy, if not give the kids watering cans. Mine enjoy walking around the lawn dumping their water.
  7. Find and feed the wildlife in your own backyard. That stale bread is good for birds, but also for the bugs! How many different bugs can you find?
  8. Make mud cakes. Another favorite activity. We actually have mud clothes set aside for just this activity.
  9. Fly a kite (or a plastic bag). Kites are great, but plastic bags fly more easily and with less wind. I need to make a video of this one of these days!
  10. Make plant rubbings. Have grass clippings? You have art!

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