Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
When was the last time you ran down a hill at top speed – with no fear of falling, no inhibitions, no thoughts other than reaching the bottom of said hill? Yeah, I can’t remember, either.
But my kids do it all the time. Just this week, the little explorer found ever-the-slightest grade on a grassy hill at the park and ran up and down it more times than I can count.
Running brings him such delight – running in nature most of all. Green hills. Brown hills. Leaves scattered on the ground beneath his feet. Wet grass. Mud. All of it brings shrieks of joy and a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Extra fun is had if a friend (or family member) joins in on the action.
As spring gears up for its triumphant return, keep this in mind: There’s a hill out there with your name on it. And a child who’d love to race you to the top and back.
- Don’t worry about minor spills. They’re inevitable. This is where your kiddos earn their grass stains (or mud stains), so resist the urge to prevent them.
- Join the fun. Forget whatever excuses you might have and go for it. A penny says your troubles vanish the moment you start running downhill.
More Ideas for Spring Outdoor Fun
- Make your own grass caterpillar.
- Have fun with body painting.
- Paint flowerpots.
- Download the Nature Rocks Spring Activity Guide.
- Or try one of these 50 ways to explore nature in your own backyard.