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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Go Outside

This week, I decided to kick-start our creativity a bit when it comes to outside play. This is nothing mind-blowing, but it did add an element of surprise and fun to our day. I grabbed an envelope, five index cards and our big box of crayons (only because I love drawing with crayons)! I added an outdoor activity to each index card.

I added: blow bubbles, make mud pies, play hopscotch, go for a walk and play in the sprinklers. They are all simple, but fun activities for us to do outside. I put them all in the envelope until it was time to choose. I turned them all the cards and had Lizzie one for the day. Today's activity was "go for a walk." She loved the surprise and looked forward to it all morning! 

Our "Go Outside" cards definitely did the trick in getting us outside and playing. The possibilities are endless and I'm sure I'll try this again if I feel we need a push to do something a little different.

Here are some other fun card ideas:
Go to the park
Have outdoor story time
Draw with sidewalk chalk
Have a water balloon fight
Go on a picnic
Go rock collecting
Throw Frisbees
Go for a bike ride
Jump rope
Play tag


Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

Love this simple idea! It does add excitement to the day - and it helps us as mom plan the day! Fun!

Little Wonders' Days said...

This looks so fun. I bet they loved it!

kelli- Adventurez said...

I think it is a great idea! We are all about getting out in the great outdoors-

cathy @ NurtureStore said...

So fun to pop it in a little envelope - so much more exciting!

Deb Chitwood said...

Fun idea ... and great way to add a bit of excitement to the day! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

Mama Pea Pod said...

Brilliant idea for encouraging outdoor play! Pinning!

angelique Felix said...

Great idea! My daughter will love it, now that she starts to read by herself :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Love this idea! Great way to encourage getting outdoors!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is wonderful way to get outside. I love the activities you picked.

Stopping from the Kid Bloggers Hop!

Rebekah said...

Awesome idea to motivate kids to go outside! Happy New Year!

Taylor said...

nothing better than playing outside!

visiting from

I would love for you to visit me too!

happy new year!

Mama Pea Pod said...

Thanks for linking this up to the Outdoor Play Party! Love this idea x

Your Therapy Source Inc said...

Here is a similar idea but in a sign with tear off sheets - See if the kids can complete all the tear off activities! Gets everybody to play outdoors.

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