As the days get shorter and cooler it will get easier to stay inside and flick on the TV. Don’t let your family turn into couch potatoes.

Bundle up and show your kids that it’s fun to be outdoors even if it’s not a balmy 78 degrees!

In addition to kicking around the soccer ball, try this activity which is actually a lesson about the seasons. Pick a spot in your yard or even your local park and record the changes that occur in that same spot week after week.

Designate a notebook just for this activity. Have your children write down what they see. Take this opportunity to encourage them to use their best handwriting and descriptive words.

Bring the camera along to photograph the changes and take a closer look for things you may have missed like a bird’s nest. Learning this way will inspire your family to find the beauty in nature.

Resource: 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca Cohen


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