It's Spring - Get Outside!
By Terri Seymour
There are so many wonderful
and fun ways to enjoy the outdoors with your family and spring
is one of the best
times to get started!
Birdwatching - Educational
and fun. Doesn't take a lot of money. A pair of binoculars
and a bird guide are
helpful but not necessary. Birds can be found in your
backyard, in the park or deep in the woods. Keep a
bird watching diary and see how many species you
can come up with and take note of the differences.
Make it a challenging, learning experience for you
and your kids!
Picnic - Picnics are great
fun and very relaxing. Go to the park, the lake, hike into
the woods, etc. One of
our favorite things to do is to pack a cooler full of
goodies, get in the car and see what new things and
new places we could find to explore. When we got
hungry we would stop and picnic! Great way to
spend a family day.
Fishing - Kids love fishing!
Pack a lunch, drive down to the lake or river and have a day
of fishing. Make
a contest of it just to add to the fun. Whoever wins
gets to pick out the family movie and whoever loses
has to make all the popcorn - simple incentives to add
to the sport of it.
Nature Walks - Get out
your backpacks and get on the trails. Teach your children about
the importance of treating it with respect. Watch for
wildlife, birds and interesting plants, trees and other
wonders of nature. There are so many!
Outdoor Games - Croquet,
horseshoes, badminton, baseball, and even bubble blowing are
all fun and healthy activities
for your whole family. We started bubble blowing with
our first son every spring and it has become a Seymour
family tradition. Something about all those bubbles in the
spring makes for a very fun time!
Start that Garden - Learning
how plants grow and growing them themselves is a wondrous hobby
kids to partake in. Have a small container garden or
windowsill garden if you have no yard room. Let
your child decide which plants/vegetables whey would
like to grow!
Boat Rides - Get out the
row boat or canoe and take a relaxing ride with the family.
My older son and I
would take the row boat and Terry and our younger
son would take the canoe. We would have races, play
follow the leader, and many other fun things. ( Of
course, the canoe always won, but we had fun trying!)
And we always made sure we had our life vests on!
Rock Climbing - Be careful
with this one. You want to start out with the smaller rocks
and do not climb any
dangerous rocks without experience or safety equipment.
We have had many exhilarating times climbing rocks,
even though we never got into the "dangerous" ones.
The world is a beautiful
and wondrous place. You can relive this wonder every time you
do something with
your children. This is a great gift to give your children
as well. So get outside and be amazed at the world and
everything in it!
Terri Seymour and her husband Terry own
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