School’s out, the sun is shining! Enjoy this perfect summer weather by going screen free. Set aside those tablets and other gadgets and take your family outdoors. Fresh air and natural scenery can improve the overall quality of your family’s lives. The vitamin D that we get from sunlight helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. If you are looking for activities to do, these outdoor family ideas will be perfect!
Treasure Hunt with Geocaches – Here’s a new and fun way to get the family outside. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt where the goal is to find caches with millions of prize-filled containers that other people have hidden. It is also a way to discover places you never knew existed right in your own neighborhood. Just create a free account atGeocaching.com, the official website, to find cache locations near you. Then use the GPS tracking of your smartphones to track the treasures. They are often stashed behind rocks, in the hollow of a tree, or under a bench. The caches hold trinkets and logbooks for the finders to document when they made the discovery and where they’re from. It’s fine to take the prize in the cache as long as you leave behind something of equal or greater value for the next geocachers to find.
Make a Scarecrow – Who says only farmers get to make scarecrows? Kids will love this activity because it’s like building a snowman in summer. All you’ll need is a 6-foot-long 2-by-4 board, a 4-foot 2-by-4 board, old jeans, an old button-down shirt, a burlap sack for his head, gardening gloves, old boots, and of course hay, which you can find at Home Depot or Walmart.
Build a Giant Jenga Set in the Backyard – You’ll need a piece of plyboard to make the base and some 2-by-4s for 54 game pieces, to build a giant Jenga set. You can cut them yourself, or ask the hardware store to do it. Let the kids help paint the pieces.
Make a Lawn Twister – Paint a “twister board” onto your lawn. Just use a pizza or cereal box as a template, then make 10 inch circles using contractors, and cut them. Mark some spray paint, then get started!
Frozen T-Shirt Race – A fun game to cool you down from the summer heat. Just soak a bunch of t-shirts in water, place them in plastic bags, and then stick them in the freezer overnight. Then hold a race the next day. The person who can pull on a frozen t-shirt or “defrost” it the fastest wins. After the race is over, you’ll still want to keep the chilly t-shirt on!
Slippery Tug of War – If you think that the classic game of tug of war is fun, then try to level it up with a little twist. Divide your teams up evenly for this game. Then let everyone stand on a tarp, add soap and water to it. Now, while the teams struggle to keep their balance, let the tugging begin!
These ideas might seem pretty basic; they are often overlooked. But you would be surprised at how much fun they can be!