We love playing. We love being outside. And we love the gear from Polarn O. Pyret. Therefore, we happily support their “Every Day A Play Day” Event twice a year. And by “support” we mean helping get kids and whole families outside in any way possible, as much as possible. Throughout the week we will be sharing ideas on how to get out on a daily basis, along with a little inspiration on the blog and through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (see the buttons on the right side of the blog to find us in those places!)
When: April 8-14, 2013
What should I bring: Clothes for the weather, a camera, a great attitude and creativity.
How to join in: Go outside and play. Take photos of your play. Share those photos and log your hours on their Facebook page. You can also submit your stories and photos to them directly through their forms which can be found here along with all the information you need.
Let’s Get This Party Started with our Top 25 Ways to Spend Time Outside:
- Go on a family bike ride. Anything with wheels counts. Use wagons, tricycles, balance bikes, pedal bikes and bike trailers.
- Make mud pies. Use old dishes or sand box toys.
- Hit up the local playground. Swing, slide,
- Go for a hike or walk (whatever you want to call it)
- Eat lunch (or breakfast or dinner) outside!
- Do household chores as a family and make them fun – cut firewood, rake the grass, pick up sticks, gather up and throw away the left over dog poo.
- Walk to get the mail.
- Throw a ball for the dog (or a friends’ dog!)
- Do a nature scavenger hunt (ex: find 2 rocks, 3 pinecones and 5 old leaves.)
- Play in mud puddles
- Make a snowman (yep, we’re still getting snow here!)
- Check out the wildlife. Look for birds, bison or bees!
- Pick flowers
- Go out and do nothing. Really. Let the kids lead the exploration.
- Throw a ball around
- Jump on a trampoline
- Make a fort and play house
- Play croquet or bocce ball
- Hang a string between two trees and hit a balloon back and forth (hang it low for the little ones or high for the big people…or do both!) <– not a good idea for a windy day!
- Fly a kite!
- Do cartwheels or summersaults in the grass, in the snow, down a hill, up a hill, etc.
- Walk the dog
- Dance in the rain (or snow….)
- Turn on some tunes and dance, dance, dance.
- Draw with sidewalk chalk
Nasty weather outside? Getting your kids out in a stroller is STILL getting them outside! 🙂
Your turn! How do YOU love to get outside?
Think those hats and jackets are cute? So do we! Thanks to Polarn O. Pyret for sending us them to check out. We think their kid gear is top notch (so much, in fact, that we ordered a couple more of those Sweatshirt Hats (blue and green stripe on P) to share with some people we love.)
Sweatshirt Hat (available in a bunch of different block stripe colors), Denim Look Rainbow Shell Jacket (big on P, but J loves it so much he steals it to wear) and Striped Magic Gloves (both boys can fit into these too.)
Ear Flap Hat (shown above), Soft Shell Jacket and Playground Gloves (these.are.awesome. for good grip and warm hands…they just don’t dry quickly if they get wet!)
Finally, make sure to check out our Sweet Relish list of “Cool Stuff for Outdoor Kids” (also see our logo on the sidebar of the blog). We keep adding to those lists – great resources for helping you find good gear we recommend!
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