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Friday, March 23, 2018

101 Ways to Play Outdoors

I came across this great poster on the website: by Christie Burnett, Editor.

Several years ago they featured a poster of 101 Ways to Play Outdoors, which I would like to share with you here.


  • Play leapfrog
  • Jump rope
  • Climb a tree
  • Build a fort
  • Play hide and see
  • Kick a ball
  • Make a rainbow with the hose
  • Pull weeds
  • Ride a bike, scooter, or horse
  • Create a nature collage
  • Build a sand castle
  • Head out on a treasure hunt
  • Roll down a hill
  • Make a bug hotel
  • Balance along a wall
  • Throw a frisbee
  • Balance a bean bag on your head
  • Have an egg and spoon race
  • Hug a tree
  • Create patterns in damp sand
  • Make story stones
  • Paint a fence with water
  • Make texture rubbings with crayons
  • Swing your hips in a hula hoop
  • Make a rain gauge
  • Play tag
  • Draw something you can see
  • Jump in a puddle
  • Play hopscotch 
  • Draw on the trampoline or the sidewalk with chalk
  • Read a book
  • Catch raindrops on your tongue
  • Make a set of stilts from tin cans

  • Have a game of marbles
  • Enjoy breakfast outside
  • Rake leaves
  • Set up a worm farm
  • Decorate mud pies
  • Run under the sprinkler
  • Paint the outside of a window
  • Make a daisy chain
  • Start a nature journal
  • Lie in a hammock
  • Toast marshmallows
  • Find 10 things to float in a tub of water
  • Write in the sand with a stick

  • Press flowers
  • Make a pinwheel
  • Make a stick scupture
  • Make a pet rock
  • Try leaf printing
  • Draw around a shadow on the ground
  • Plant vegetables and herbs
  • Grow a bean or sunflower plant
  • Take photos of what you see
  • Have a 3-legged race
  • Have a wheelbarrow race
  • Gaze at the stars
  • Set up a lemonade stand
  • Paint with feathers
  • Decorate a tree
  • Create a home for a fair or an elf
  • Make a tin can telephone
  • Enjoy a teddy bar picnic
  • Make a drip castle with wet sand
  • Write a letter on a leaf


  • Fly a kite
  • Make up a new game
  • Put on a show
  • Grab a magnifying glass and go bug hunting
  • Try a somersault, handstand or cartwheel
  • Watch a sunset
  • Spin and get dizzy
  • Start a collection
  • Float a paper boat
  • Make a cave for a dinosaur
  • Wash the dog
  • Wash the car
  • Create a small world for your favorite figurines

  • Make a sundial
  • Host a paper plane flying contest
  • Blow bubbles
  • Dance and sing
  • Make your name from sticks
  • Make a road for toy cars
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Build a compost bin
  • Throw water balloons
  • Make object impressions in clay
  • Put on a cape and fly
  • Grow a grass head
  • Make a bird bath
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Make petal perfume

  • Dig for treasure
  • Make a leaf crown
  • Hang laundery
  • Draw a map of your space
  • Set up a snail race
  • Lie back on the grass and look for shapes in the clouds


Blog Administrator:  Trisha Roberts

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Fun and Fascinating: Easy Experiments for Kids and Dads by Daniel Sherwin

Parents are up against a powerful foe on the weekends. Video games occupy kids for hours on end. Though entertaining and engrossing, most of them don’t do much for your child’s development, which makes weekends an intellectual black hole. Most kids roll their eyes at the idea of educational activities that cut into their gaming time, but an instructional activity doesn’t have to be boring and school-like. Some can be as effective at holding your child’s attention as the latest video game and may even spur an interest in science, a dream scenario for any parent. They’re especially handy for single fathers, since they can be done as a family and are a great way to spend some quality time together. 
Cool experiments
The water cycle bag experiment is an easy activity requiring nothing more than some plastic sandwich bags and food coloring. Simply place ¼ cup of water in a dish and add four drops of food coloring. Then pour the mixture into a plastic bag, seal it, and take it to a window. The sunlight gradually causes the water to evaporate, and it eventually changes back into condensed water, in imitation of nature’s water cycle. Ultimately, you’re left with a form of precipitation in a bag!
Young kids love activities that allow them to incorporate their name in decorative and striking ways. The crystal names experiment uses Borax, food coloring, pipe cleaners, and a little fishing line to produce colored crystals which adhere to pipe cleaners spelling out their name. Hold each “letter” up in the sunlight to see how they sparkle. Borax dissolved in water creates a suspension, with solid particles that are big enough for sedimentation to take place, and colored crystals are formed.
Few home experiments are as fun as making a glass of lava. Simply fill a glass ¾ full of water, add five drops of food coloring, and then pour in ¼ cup of vegetable oil, which will float to the top since it’s lighter than water. The fun really starts when you sprinkle salt on top to make globs of “lava” begin to move around. Homemade puffy paint is also a fun experiment for all ages. Mix Elmer’s glue and shaving cream in a container or on a paper plate, and then add a few drops of food coloring and mix slowly until you get the proper consistency. All that’s left is to get some paper and brushes and let your imagination take over.
Your kids may be familiar with the tried-and-true egg-drop challenge, since it’s a popular experiment among science instructors. The objective is to build a container that’s capable of keeping an egg from breaking when dropped from a high place. This one is fun because there’s no limit on the kinds of material you can use—as long as they’re soft! For this one, try toilet paper rolls, newspaper, popsicle sticks, a shoebox, plastic bag, rubber bands, string, and balloons. Attach toilet paper rolls at four corners of a sponge using tape. Place an egg in the middle of them and run tape around the outside of the rolls to secure the egg. Next, attach a plastic bag as an umbrella, attaching it to your “egg carrier” with string. Now, it’s time for your experiment. You can use a play set in the backyard, drop if from the top of a step ladder, or let it fall out the window. Just make sure the coast is clear before you let go!
If your kids are into geology, your own backyard can be your laboratory. Conduct your own “acid” test using white vinegar to determine whether you have limestone deposits. Pour vinegar into several bowls, find some rock samples, and place one in each bowl. If bubbles form in one, you know you’ve found a limestone rock!
Single dads are often challenged to find educational activities that their children can enjoy. Scientific experiments can be fun as well as instructional. The best part is, you can do many of them at home with commonplace household items.
Picture Courtesy of Pixabay.

About Our Guest Author:

Daniel Sherwin is the proud single father to two amazing kids (a daughter and a son). After noticing the lack of resources on the web for single dads, he started so that others could learn from his successes, failures, and everything in between.

Blog Administrator:  Trisha Roberts

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