Now that the weather is cooler and the schedules for school and other activities are fairly stable, it is a great time to get out and more active with the kids. Whether this means hiking and exploring our state parks (don’t forget to check out the pass for free parking!) or just enjoying your own yard is not important.
My son loves playing I Spy as we take a walk, my daughter loves to have nature scavenger hunts, and they both love to make a mess in the dirt or by crafting with bits of nature that they discovered. I like just enjoying a walk on one of the linear trails, which often also includes chasing after the kids on their bikes. Whatever outdoor activities you like most, sometimes we all need some ideas for new activities that we just haven’t thought of yet.
Here are some books that might offer just the thing that will make your whole family happy.
Get Out!: Outdoor Activities Kids Can Enjoy Everywhere (Except Indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller
Go Outside!: Over 130 Activities for Outdoor Adventures by Nancy Blakey
Nature for the Very Young: a Handbook of Indoor and Outdoor Activities by Marcia Bowden
Outdoor Games! by Lisa Regan
Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games from Kaboom
How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson
The Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games: Classic Fun for Daring Boys and Girls by Scott Strother
Follow the Trail: a Young Person’s Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy
And for the soon to be colder days:
The Kids’ Winter Fun Book: Homespun Adventures for Family Fun by Claire Gillman and Sam Martin