5 Quick things to do outside this weekend

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Those of us in the northern half of the world are just about to hit the crossover point between seasons (and boy, are most of us ready for it!) In the southern side of things, it’s just getting colder, but either way there are always things that indicate the change. Here are 5 things you can do outside this weekend with the kids that are free, fast, and fun!

1. Go on a walk, looking for signs of seasons changing.
Obviously, this is going to vary greatly from country to country.  Some things you might look for: Are there any robins out and singing? Any sign of the neighbourhood skunk? Can you see the spring flowers beginning to push up through the ground? Or are there any patches of grass starting to show through under the snow? Do you need to wear a sweater instead of a tshirt?

2. Stop and smell.
If you have small children, make sure you’re holding their hands before you do this one! Close your eyes. What can you smell that tells you a new season might be just around the corner?

3. Have a picnic!
Bundle the kids into their outdoor gear, make sure you have a thermos of hot tea or hot chocolate and a big washable blanket, and go eat outside in a sheltered spot. Leave the crumbs for the birds.

4. Bring the outside inside.
Gather a bin, go outside, and let the children choose some things to bring in and examine more closely. Depending on where you live, this could include things like tree buds, snow, icicles, grass, leaves, or worms. Let them get out the magnifying glass, the paper and crayons, or digging implements, and set them up on a washable floor.

5. See it through their eyes.
Hand them the camera and let them show you what’s visible at a kid’s level. You may be amazed at the photos you find when you pull them off the camera afterwards; some of our best photos have been taken by my kids. (The photo in the image above was taken by my 5 year old.)

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Post Author: Erin Dean

5 thoughts on “5 Quick things to do outside this weekend

    Kierna C

    (February 23, 2013 - 1:20 pm)

    Great ideas & such simple ones that won’t cost any money. Wonder would you consider adding this to an outdoor play link up I have on my blog? if you are, a little tip, when it says name, put the post title not your name! Kierna

    http://nosuchthingasbadweather.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/outdoor-play-party-engaging-reluctant.html

    doctoreleanor

    (February 23, 2013 - 10:45 pm)

    This is great. Simple and I know they work as we have done some of these before. Also let’s you get out of the house on these strange, freezing cooped up days. Are we ready for the change. Enough already. Still in boots and parkers and scarves!!It always surprises me how much children born in the cold like the cold. They are not afraid to go out and slide around and all the other sports. It’s great

    Kat - Creative Playhouse and My-ology

    (February 23, 2013 - 11:40 pm)

    Fab ideas! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Jessica @ Play Trains!

    (February 27, 2013 - 6:26 am)

    Sounds like a lovely weekend plan. 🙂 Thanks for the ideas! Pinning this to my Outside board.

    Carrie

    (March 1, 2013 - 12:57 am)

    Oh, what great ideas. This weekend is the first in four weeks where they are predicting weather that does not include snow in our area. I hope we can get outside for it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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