[06] Parenting challenge

A month of outdoor play: activities and ideas

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A full month dedicated to outdoor play will certainly make your child happy! Outdoor play is fun and it can also be an opportunity to learn new things!

The goal for this month is for your child to spend at least 2-3 hours a day playing outside every day. (If you are a working parent you can lower the goal to only one hour or less and compensate with more outside play during the weekend.)

Here is the plan that we followed during the month of “Outdoor play”. The plan for this month is a little bit different. It allows you to have a lot of freedom in choosing your schedule. So it includes a list of activity ideas for you to try this month but it is up to you how you want to plan them! In our case, we tried a new activity during every weekday. There were all easy activities that didn’t require a lot of preparations and brought us a lot of fun!

{ I am a stay at home mom now, so I get to spend a lot of time with my son and this plan is based on this. If you are a working mom or you have more children the plan may seem more difficult to put into practice, but you can adjust it in a way that allows you to include it in your daily life. }

The activities for this months will be included in one of these 7 categories:

1. Running games

You can try any activity that implies running with your child or catching each other.

Here are some of the ideas you can try:

– Egg race (running with a plastic egg on a spoon)

– Sack race (I’ve discovered a nice idea: to use pillow cases for sack races. It seems really easy and fun!)

– Obstacle course (this is one of my favorite games!)

2. Water games

Outdoor activities with water are always fun! You can create a pouring station with a lot of different containers and utensils. Also, you can plan some games with water balloons!

Here are two other ideas that you may like:

Painting with water from Happy Hooligans

FILL THE BUCKET OUTDOOR WATER GAME from The Resourceful Mama.

3. Ball games

There are a lot of activities that you can create using tennis balls or plastic balls, Here are some ideas that we tried indoor and can be also played outside: Playing with small balls: 3 easy and fun play ideas.

4. Jumping games

Jumping is great for burning out energy!

I like the Color Hop game for toddlers from Learn Play Imagine. Maybe You can even make it a little bit more challenging by adding letters and numbers.

5. Playing with rocks

My favorite idea is to play with rock dominoes but I also found two other nice ideas:

ALPHABET LEARNING WITH CHALK & ROCKS from And Next Comes L

Rock Toss with Chalk Shapes from Smile and Wave.

6. Sidewalk chalk games

I love this idea from B-Inspired MamaSIDEWALK CHALK ART THE KIDS CAN PLAY IN – A GIANT CHALK ART TOWN.

I also like these ideas:

COLORS AND SHAPES SIDEWALK CHALK GAME from Hey There, Home

Number Recognition Play from Danya Banya

SIDEWALK CHALK ANATOMY ACTIVITY FOR KIDS from True Aim Education

A Big Chalk Maze for Preschoolers from Hands On as We Grow

NOISY LETTER JUMP PHONICS GAME from The Imagination Tree.

7. Hula hoops games

Here are some great Hula Hoop Games from Learn Play Imagine. They seem so fun!

Other activities to try this month

Here are 3 other ideas that I’ve discovered and added to my plan:

OUTSIDE STICKY WALL from Busy Toddler

Take math outdoors into the garden classroom from Nurture Store (setting up a simple treasure hunt using chalk)

Simple Balloon Toss from A Mom with a Lesson Plan.

Resources

♥ The playful guide of summer toys for young kids (12 ideas under 20$) – a list of nice and affordable toys that you can include in your activities.

I wish you a happy and playful month!


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