How To Spend Time Outside With Your Kids This Summer
Warm weather has finally arrived, Ottawa! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the kids are begging you to take them outside for the afternoon.
Kids are always looking for new ways to play. If you’re running out of creative outdoor ideas for this summer, we’ve got you covered!
Read on to find out how you can spend some quality time outside with your kids.
Decorate the Yard
Decorating the yard is the perfect way to get two things done at once. You get to catch up on some much-needed yard work while still spending quality time with your kids! Try taking the kids outside to help in the garden. Gardening is a fun family activity, and can increase your home’s curb appeal!
Head to the dollar store and buy some birdhouses and paint. Have the kids choose where they want to put their finished house up and watch together as birds soon come to feed!
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Expand Their Minds
It’s important for kids to be constantly learning. Here are a few creative ways to teach your kids about the outdoors without making it feel like “work”.
Take them outside with a canvas or large Bristol board and have them draw the nature they see around your backyard.
Try buying an insect book. You can explore the yard together and mark down what you find!
Go for a walk and collect different leaves and flowers, then when you come home look up your findings on the Internet and make a summer scrapbook of your afternoon. The Ottawa River Pathway has a beautiful view, and your kids are sure to find some wildlife!
Have Some Fun
Once the yard work is done and your kids have learned something new, don’t forget to simply have some fun! Head to your local hardware store and see what’s in the outdoor section. Spend an afternoon outside blowing bubbles, colouring with sidewalk chalk, splashing in the kiddie pool—you know, all the good stuff.
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Get Some Exercise
Don’t forget to get active with your kids on a daily basis! Summer is the perfect time to do this. Take your bicycles to the Rideau Canal bike path in Ottawa and enjoy an afternoon of cycling!
You can also get active on without leaving your property. Draw a hopscotch board on the driveway, pick up some skipping ropes, or start a game of tag.
If you’re crunched for time and can’t play outside, let the kids go in the backyard while you keep an eye on them from the window.
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