Rainy Day Fun: Snail Watching

After a night of rain, my son usually rushes outside to see if any snails came out.  He found this one yesterday morning on our front walkway.  He crouched there and watched it for about fifteen minutes, then rushed inside to tell me all the cute things the snail did. Photos taken March 28th, 2013 You may also enjoy this post:  Search for Snails Continue reading Rainy Day Fun: Snail Watching

Paleontology Play! Dinosaur Digging

We’ve been staying home a lot this past week while my son’s been sick with a cold. One afternoon, he asked, “Can I dig for dinosaurs in the backyard?” We have a section of the yard that isn’t landscaped, so that was perfectly fine with me. Dinosaur digging can be done in a patch of dirt in your backyard, in a sandbox, at the beach, … Continue reading Paleontology Play! Dinosaur Digging

Simple Outdoor Play: Take Inside Toys Outside

Simplest of outdoor play… let your child take their inside toys outside.  My only constraint?  I don’t allow toys with small pieces that can get lost (Lego‘s) or items that can roll under the deck (Marble Run, Hot Wheels).  When I was a kid, I loved to take my Barbies outside.  They would frequently go camping, swimming, rafting, and hiking. I wish I knew what … Continue reading Simple Outdoor Play: Take Inside Toys Outside

Take a “Signs of Spring” Walk

The wildflowers are starting to bloom, new leaves are growing on the tips of branches, gardens are beginning to sprout…  this is the time to take the kids out for a walk to look for the signs of spring.  This can be a quick walk around the neighborhood or the park, an exploration of your backyard, an excursion into a local nature area, a trip … Continue reading Take a “Signs of Spring” Walk

Outdoor Art: Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

For a quick, easy outdoor activity, I keep a bag of sidewalk chalk on our front porch.  We were home sick yesterday, and drawing on the front walkway with chalk was about the only outside activity my son felt up for. I like this kind of art for its simplicity.  Give child chalk, send outside, draw.  Done. This is one of the pictures my boy … Continue reading Outdoor Art: Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

Take Reading Time Outside

Today is Read Across America Day, and the forecast is for sunshine throughout the Bay Area.  We’re going to celebrate by taking reading time outside today.  Join us!  Pick a favorite book or two, find a sunny, warm location, and, well, simply read to your child.  Not sure where to go?  Here are a few easy suggestions… your backyard, the local park, or on the … Continue reading Take Reading Time Outside

Outside Play, Every Day

Getting outside every day is a necessity for me, both for my physical and emotional health.  I begin to feel a  little, well, off when I’ve been inside too long, and I’ve noticed my son is the same way.  I can get sucked into staying in the house as easily as the next mom, letting my son play with his building toys for hours and … Continue reading Outside Play, Every Day