The article, 3 Ideas for Outdoor Play in Cooler Weather, was a bunch of fun to “research”. We spend a lot of time playing outside regardless of the weather. The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
My kids love outdoor play. After school each day, we have a routine – homework with snack, outdoor play(unless raining), and then dinner. Sometimes after dinner they get to play outside some more or inside depending how dark it is getting. My husband rebuilt a play fort for the kids a couple years ago and that gets a bunch of use. When the weather started getting cooler recently, the kids and I put on our warm jackets and then do activities that require lots of exercise so we stay warmer!
Here are 3 ideas for outdoor play in cooler weather –
- Old schoolyard games like tag, playing catch, and Red Light Green Light. We love playing the game Red Light Green Light. Yep, it’s a classic! One person is the stop light on one end of the yard and they get to yell Red Light or Green Light. The goal to win is for one of the kids at the other end of the yard to run past the “stoplight”. Then they get to be the “stoplight”. So whenever Green Light is yelled, the kids run as fast as they can until they hear Red Light. This means STOP and also means don’t move a muscle or you have to go all the way back to the starting line. When we were playing in our backyard last week, I wasn’t so good at this. My son beat me to the finish line! LOL My kids like to add a twist to the game by adding Yellow Light to walk slow, Blue Light to go super fast, and Rainbow Light to dance to the finish line.
- Local outdoor mazes are super fun and keep the heart pumping! Recently, we visited Terra Studios in Fayetteville, Arkansas while seeing family over the holiday. At the very back of the art park, is a Labyrinth which was perfect for my young kids. They chased each other through the maze and raced each other for about 15 or 20 minutes. Then we continued the trail for the art park and were plenty warm and definitely worn out by all the fun we had! During the fall months, corn mazes are sooo much fun to visit with the whole family! Other places to find mazes are public gardens, zoos, and parks. Trying a search with the words “outdoor maze” and add you state.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt. My kids love going on hikes, aka walking in parks or our neighborhood. I like to add a fun twist by asking them to point out bugs, or animals, or even fungus and moss. It’s always fun to see what all we can fun and hiking is a good way to keep warm in the cooler months while getting in some outdoor play! Here are some pictures of the moss and fungus we found while on the Terra Studios visit…
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