Wondering how to keep up the good times now that school is back in session? Here’s what we’re gonna try this fall.
|The Big Explorer, 3rd grader|
With the start of school often comes a tendency to speed up our lives – to sign up for the usual gamut of extracurricular activities, sports, music lessons and so on.
Give yourself and your kids a break by slowing down instead. Pick just one after-school activity this fall and spend the extra time you’ll have doing things you always wish you could, like having a picnic dinner, going for a late afternoon hike or just playing in the backyard.
Walk to school.
We’ve been walking to and from school almost every day since The Big Explorer started back last month. It’s an easy way to spend time outside without even thinking about it. I love the quiet calm it has added to our morning routine. That and we inevitably spot something fun, like a cool cloud formation, pretty flower or fun bug.
Don’t live close enough to walk to school? Park your car a few blocks away from campus and walk from there. Check out more tips for walking to school over on ActiveKidsClub.com.
Create a fall fun list.
I hear a lot of people bemoaning the loss of summer, but less planning their fall adventures. Help your kids ease into the change in seasons by giving them something to look forward to.
Our summer fun list was such a hit that we’re already hard at work on our fall fun list. Now is the perfect time to create your own. Don’t forget to post it some place where everyone in the family can see it. Then turn your ideas into reality by putting them on your calendar.
Match screen time with outdoor time.
If back to school means more time on screens in your family – be they televisions, computers, phones, video games or other – it’s time to kick the habit. For every minute you spend on a screen, spend a minute outside.
Keep it simple and fun.
My year-round mantra seems especially practical right about now. When it comes to spending time in nature: Keep it simple. Keep it fun.
Allow for some play time at school during pick up. Make play dates outside adventures. Head to the park or take a neighborhood photo scavenger hunt.
Need more ways to sneak in some simple outdoor fun? Check out my ideas for backyard nature fun.