Our children are growing up in a time of technology and it’s making outdoor play almost a thing of the past. I remember when I was the same age as my kids, we used to be outside from the time we woke up to the time we had to come in for dinner. We spent hours outdoors and on rainy days we still found cool things to do because we didn’t have IPads and cell phones or even fun computer games to play. We did have a Commodore 64 and I could play GORF on (haha totally just aged myself there) but it wasn’t even something I was allowed to do for more than an hour, heck I didn’t even have cable for a good chunk of my childhood. So this summer, I am taking my kids back to how it was when I was a kid and although they will still be allowed their devices, we are limiting screen time to about an hour or two a day. I have made a list of 10 things I plan on doing and thought I would share it here with you.
- Sit down and teach them some new card games. I remember spending hours learning new games when we spent time with my grandparents over the summers. Games like canasta and cribbage were fun to learn
- Sidewalk chalk is always a hit as they can draw anywhere outside and it will eventually fade or wash away with the rain
- Family road trip with no destination in mind. Let the kids pick a general direction and then choose exits off the highway to use. See where it leads you (within reason)
- Go berry picking a make a recipe together using what you picked (like this one)
- Pitch a tent in your own backyard and sleep under the stars
- Plan a playdate with their friends, no electronic allowed
- Go playground hunting until you find one you have never been too
- Hit up the local splash pads and pack a picnic lunch for after everyone is tuckered out from water play
- Set up a scavenger hunt (this is great for older kids who will have fun and be able to help the little ones)
- Go to the local library and take advantage of the free programs over the summer
I also am planning on implementing a chore chart that will grant screen time once the chores are done. I will post that a little later on the blog. Have fun this summer and make every day count!