5 Simple Ways to Get Outside
At the beginning of October we announced we were challenging ourselves to spend more significant time outside every day for the month. For the most part this has been an easy and fun challenge. It has been a good excuse to enjoy this beautiful time of year. We planned more outdoor adventures like Fall Walks and the Pumpkin Patch and moved our afternoon play outside. Afternoons were spent building on the deck and using the fence as an easel. Over the course of the month, we certainly did a few things that required more planning and preparation, but my main takeaway this month was that it is simple to spend more time outside. Picking up a basket of blocks and moving it outside is easy and yet brings so much joy to our afternoon. The simple change of scenery to a green space where there is sunshine, different sounds, and a cool breeze makes all the difference. Here are 5 simple ways to spend some time in the fresh air today:
1. Take a Walk
Open the door and head outside. Sometimes we have a goal or focus for our walks, but more often we simply walk. We explore our neighborhood. Find acorns and leaves. Watch trucks. Race to mailboxes. Look for the ducks and geese on the pond.
2. Breakfast Outside
Bring a simple meal outside. Depending on the weather, pack up your breakfast or lunch or dinner and bring it outside. Breakfast is one of my favorites. Sunshine early in the morning brightens my day, but I enjoy any meal outside.
3. Coloring Basket
Set a coloring basket and some paper or journals outside on a picnic table or blanket. We have daily drawing and journaling time and it is great to sometimes bring this activity outside. Looking for a drawing prompt? Try: what do you see in the clouds? or where do you think that butterfly is going? or who do you think is on that airplane?
4. Read Stories
A blanket and a basket of books is all you need to plan for this activity. I like to move our teepee outside too sometimes, but that's obviously optional. Snuggle on the blanket and read stories together.
5. Blow Bubbles
We did this the first time when the twins were infants. We laid them on a blanket in the backyard and blew bubbles. Kids of all ages love bubbles. Whether you have a bubble machine or just a bottle of bubbles, just bring them outside and you've got at least 10 minutes of happy little ones bouncing at bubbles in the sun.
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Have you been able to get outside more this month? What's your favorite simple way to spend time outdoors?
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