Away from the screens and into nature this summer

A baker’s dozen of concrete ideas

You know, we know, there is just no downside for getting the kids into nature during summer vacation. They’re going to be more excited – once they’re out there – with a butterfly net, rolling over rocks, finding old farmhouses, seeing snakes (!), maybe sitting around a campfire and drinking from a pristine stream.

Child Mind Institute offers 13 “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas you can act on with this quick article.

For instance:

  • Short, simple treasure hunts. A “spiny leaf” (not poison ivy, thanks), something red.
  • Gifts of tools: a magnifying glass, a bug box.
  • An outdoor performance. A ranger show or an outdoor play.
  • Fruit or vegetable picking (blueberries, blueberries, blueberries!).
  • Take a hike, and set an example for enjoyment.

Enjoy your summer, too!

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