Two multiracial children sit on a lawn playing with musical instrumentsSummer is here and families are finding themselves at home more often. Warm weather is inviting you to come outside, but you don’t need to leave your own backyard to enjoy the summer. Here are five things your family can do to savor this summer outdoors.

  • Sidewalk Chalk

    A pack of sidewalk chalk holds unlimited options for art and games. Kids can create hopscotch, obstacle courses, and even opportunities for learning letters and words. Tracing shadows and other artistic drawings are always fun, and when the chalk piece becomes too small for hands to hold, you can spray the stub with water to make a new design on the sidewalk.

  • Water Games

    Small children can entertain themselves endlessly with paintbrushes and water in the sun. Other basic games can be improved with a little water, like playing Duck, Duck, Goose with a cup of cold water or soaking sponge. You can even make your own slip and slide with a large piece of plastic from the hardware store, some soap, and a hose.

  • Scavenger Hunts

    Create your own scavenger hunt by hiding objects and clues throughout the yard, or set the kids out on a hunt to find as many different types of bugs as possible. Keep track of where the bugs are found in the yard and what types of plants they like.

  • Start a Garden

    By starting your own garden, children are more likely to be invested in its well-being. The garden teaches kids responsibility, as well as the basics of gardening. Consider planting healthy fruits and vegetables to pique their interest in eating new things. Additionally, planting brightly colored flowers will attract butterflies and hummingbirds for even more beautiful scenery.

  • Enjoy a Picnic

    Appreciating a meal with the family outdoors in nice weather can make a big difference in the mood of the home. A family meal does a lot to build the bond between family members, and appreciating good weather while you do can help boost your attitude.

Parents and caregivers should remember to apply sunscreen and wash your hands regularly. Follow our Pinterest page for more ideas on outdoor activities.