Though for many families, winter means that most activities are going to take place indoors, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the coming spring, when everyone will be itching to get outside and get involved in some more outdoor family activities.
And so you don’t get caught up trying to figure out what some of the activities are after the warm weather has already broken, consider things like minor landscaping projects, playing catch outside, putting up a basketball hoop or a hockey net, cooking outdoors, and sitting around a fire.
Minor Landscaping Projects
One of the more fun and productive things to do as a family during nice weather is to do some minor landscaping projects. Classic projects involved things like growing a garden, doing some basic weeding, planting bushes, trees, and flowers, or even building outdoor structures like gazebos or benches. With a little bit of adult leadership and experience, you and your family can create a beautiful outdoor space, learn various crafts and skills, and also come together as a group about making design decisions. Even small projects create great family bonding experiences!
Playing Catch Outside
A lot of sports are contact-based, which means they aren’t necessarily the best ways for parents and kids to play with and engage each other on an athletic spectrum. However, something like going outside with your family and playing catch with a baseball and some gloves can be the perfect answer to that! No one is going to get hurt just throwing a ball around, but it’s still an athletic-style of movement and interaction.
Having a Basketball Hoop or Hockey Net
And two of the activities that you can set up for your family that can either be done as a group or individual is if you put together basketball or hockey areas. Shooting hoops either with people or just on your own is very relaxing, and a good family game of HORSE can lighten everyone’s mood up quite quickly.
Another good outside family activity is outdoor cooking. Though there are some family circles where the alpha people take on all of the cooking responsibilities and don’t want any interference, in most cases, grilling or outdoor cooking can be a great way for families to bond together over different outdoor cooking tips and techniques.
Sitting Around a Fire
And finally, when the sun sets over the horizon, what better way to bond with your family outdoors that to sit around a fire? Bring some sticks and some skewers, and you can roast marshmallows, cook hotdogs, and talk with family while someone is guaranteed to have brought a guitar along with them. It is the end of a perfect outdoor day!
Originally posted on January 30, 2016 @ 2:25 am