February 26, 2009 by admin
Source: Kiwi Mag Online
For kids who are used to getting their entertainment from TV, video games, or the computer, the outdoors might seem a little dull. Unfortunately, a simple round of hopscotch probably won’t stand a chance against the glitz of Guitar Hero or Hannah Montana. This spring, open your family’s eyes to the fun that can be had outside with some of these activities.
Update old favorites like freeze tag or hide and seek by playing them at night with a flashlight.
Find your inner artist outdoors by filling spray bottles with equal parts water and tempera paint, then spraying at an old sheet hung from a clothesline or between two trees.
Take a walk around your town or neighborhood and note points of interest. While younger children can draw basic maps of your street, older kids can create an entire city guide or brochure.
Take on a family gardening project, with different ages handling different responsibilities. Give your youngest a watering can while handing the big kids responsibility to check when a fruit or vegetable is ripe for the picking. To learn more about gardening with children, visit KinderGARDEN.
Bring the wonders of nature to your front yard with birdfeeders. They can be as simple as peanut butter-covered pinecones rolled in birdseed, or go all out and build one out of plywood.
After the sun sets, go Ultimate with a glow in the dark Frisbee. After you’ve worked up a sufficient appetite, have a midnight picnic.