After a particularly brutal winter, I think everyone is excited to have some sunshine -- including your children. These five activities are easy – and affordable – ways to spend a warm afternoon outside. Use them as inspiration when you kids are begging to get out of the house.
Pick Strawberries (or Blueberries, or Peaches)
No matter where you live, there is probably a farm nearby that will let you visit and take back some of their delicious produce. It's a great way to teach kids where their food comes from, and maybe it will inspire you to make a healthy dinner as well. PickYourOwn.org lists farms in each state if you're unsure of where to go.
Have a Picnic
Pack some sandwiches, fruit, and any of your child's favorite snacks, and take your lunch outside. A local park or other outdoor location is ideal, and you can spend the afternoon eating your delicious foods. If it's partly cloudy, take turns with your children pointing out clouds in funny and familiar shapes.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt
This one requires a little bit of creativity, but it can be done anywhere – your backyard, a playground, or a local park. Just give your child a list of things to find in the area you are in. That could be an acorn, a rock the size of a quarter, a lost button, a penny, etc. Let them explore the area unitl they find a certain number of items on the list.
Feed the Ducks at a Local Pond
This is the perfect excuse to get rid of some stale bread. Where there's a pond, there's usually ducks, and it's a great opportunity to get some adorable photos of your children in nature. Just be wary of swans – they bite!
Visit the Petting Zoo
Nothing delights a child more than seeing animals up close. And though you may have to deal with a little bit of barnyard stink, your kids will have a blast watching goats, rabbits, or whichever animals are in your local area. If the farm allows it, bring carrots or other veggies to feed them!
-- Mara Betsch
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