In my previous blog post, I shared the benefits of the outdoor classroom. Now summer is here! Today I want to give you some ideas of things to do this summer. Go outside with your preschoolers. The ideas listed below are free or can be done with a limited budget.
Places to go:
- Go to the beach, collect shells, sort them; don’t forget to bring along a bucket and shovel.
- Go for a walk in your neighborhood and look for fire hydrants, or white cars, or certain flowers, or certain shapes.
- Ride your bike.
- Go to the playground with some friends.
- Go to the forest and let the children lead; they will find all kind of interesting things.
- Feed the ducks at the pond.
- Go for a picnic in the park.
- Paint rocks or a branch.
- Make a bird feeder.
- Make stick-men out of sticks you collected at a walk.
- Make a bracelet out of sticky tape and stick flowers, leaves, etc., to it.
- Paint outside using nature paint brushes.
- Make home-made ice cream.
- Catch (lady) bugs; read a book about bugs.
- Climb a tree.
- Find shapes in the clouds.
- Dig for worms.
- Go strawberry or flower picking.
- Build a fort.
- Make mud pies.
- Plant flowers (that attract butterflies), or plant veggies, or start with seeds.
- Explore the weather, make a weather-vane, or a rain collector.
- Play tag or any variant, like What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?
- Play Hide and Seek, Simon Says, or I Spy.
- Play with bubbles.
- Roll or kick a ball.
- Use sidewalk chalk to…
- draw a hopscotch grid.
- draw different colored shapes.
- draw letters and numbers.
- draw an obstacle course.
Play with water:
- Run in the sprinkler.
- Play in a blow-up pool.
- Give each child a bottle with water (without lids) and kick them over with a ball.
- Paint with water.
- Draw with chalk, and wash it away with the hose.
- Make a toy car / bike wash.
There are so many things to do. I hope you enjoy the outdoors this summer. Be blessed with all the benefits the outdoors brings to your family!