Warmer weather is finally here which means more opportunities to spend an enjoyable time outdoors. What are some of your favorite warm weather activities? I personally enjoy going for a hike in the woods or walking through a park and watching as plants bloom and change. For me, both of these activities are enjoyable and low-cost. Spending time with family does not have to come with a high price tag; there are many low-cost ways to have fun without breaking the bank. If you need some inspiration, look through the list below. You may find a few new activities that are fun for all!
- Foster kids’ creativity by drawing with chalk outside on the sidewalk.
- Go on a nature walk. Collect things as you find them, like a neat leaf, stick or rock. When you get home, take a closer look at all the unique things you found.
- Make a weather calendar to help kids see that no two days are exactly alike.
- Go on a rock hunt. Collect rocks of different shapes and sizes then play games, sorting the rocks by size or color. Rinse the rocks and have fun painting them.
- Meet friends at a local park or go outside and look at the shapes in the clouds.
- Make nature drawings. Go for a walk and find objects in nature that can make color. Rub leaves, grass, mud or flowers on paper to create unique artwork!
- Try out backyard camping and stargazing.
- Go to an orchard to pick your own fruit or visit a local farmer’s market.
- Make nature prints by painting a leaf or the petals of a flower and gently ‘stamping’ the leaf or flower onto a piece of paper.
- Plant a window herb garden.
Looking for fun indoor activities that do not involve screens? The activities below encourage creativity and relationship building, so keep these ideas in mind for a rainy day.
- Play shopkeeper. Save and clean out empty food boxes and cans. Use play money and calculators to set up a pretend store.
- Make a memory book. Record dates, photos and special events as you go.
- Make puppets with clip clothespins or paper bags. Read a story and let the kids make characters from the story.
- Make one night a week ‘Family Fun Night’ where the kids get to choose the dinner menu and theme.
- Go see a matinee or drive-in movie, or watch a family movie.
- Read one chapter of a book a day aloud or read a whole series of books together.
- Master a new skill together.
- Build a fort using blankets, cardboard boxes and pillows.
- Create a treasure hunt.
- Bake or cook something for a neighbor.
Spring is a great time to start making plans for summer. Being proactive can save time and money, whether that means early registration for summer programs or booking a vacation. Wherever the warmer months take you, just remember to spend some time relaxing and having fun!
Sara Meeks is an OSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Program Assistant and may be reached at 330-264-8722.
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