Now that spring is here, we’re spending a lot of time outdoors. We average 3-4 hours of outside time each day, barring rain or high wind. Especially with weather this beautiful, it’s so much more pleasant to be outside! Inside, there are toys, laundry and dishes all over the place and the kids’ squabbling just grates on my psyche. The girls seem to argue less when they have sand in their hair and dirt under their fingernails. Or maybe I just ignore the noise better when the breeze drowns it out. Either way, I know that we’re all happier outside.
The most frequent questions I hear about all of this outside time is: “What do the kids do?” closely followed by “What do YOU do?”. Apparently, in our project-oriented world, it’s expected that moms constantly organize some kind of a learning activity or game for our sweet babes. This is just not my style. While I will occasionally bring a messy art project outside (mostly to cut down on clean up), it’s rare that I guide my children’s outdoor play.
Here are my top four tips for making outside time easier, longer lasting, and more enjoyable for everyone. [Read more…] about Getting outside with young kids: Four tips for success