For most of the country, this year has seen the coldest, most wintry weather in memory. But soon enough, the cold weather will be gone and wonderful spring will be here. That means you can finally go outside and play, getting your Vitamin D the natural way, from the sun, and spending some valuable time with Mother Nature while you’re at it.
Can you smell the flowers already? What about the sunflowers and rose rich scents?
But the important question is: what are you going to do when you’re outside?
Finding fun activities to do outdoors seems difficult, especially when you have the distraction of television, video games, and the internet to keep you inside. However, there are numerous fun, natural things you can do outdoors that will benefit both your health and your spirits.
Activities for young families
One split second your kids are tiny toddlers, the next they are running around on scooters, rollerblades and bikes down the street. So as parents, you guys definitely need to make the most of it and you can start now by investing more energy into spending quality time with your kids this spring.
You can play games in the backyard and keep your little ones energetic and active. You can make up your own circuit of fun. Combine star jumps, frog leaps, tag and hide and go seek.
Forget television — make a kite and fly it. While you are in the crafting mood, why not be extra creative as well? Why not make a custom kite by incorporating your child’s favorite superhero or animal into the design?
Another good idea is to make a bird house. This little sanctuary for passing birds can attract the most unique flying creatures. A bold eagle could fly down and perch itself for a nice cool refreshing drink of water. Crows and doves could stop for a visit too. Even cute little hummingbirds. Just make sure that you include several breathing holes on the roof of the bird house so the birds won’t overheat in hot weather.
Activities just for you
Not all outdoor activities have to be child-oriented. Whether you are happily single, are sharing your life with a special someone, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with nature and enjoy the outdoors. Consider getting down and dirty with home gardening. Yes, there are plenty of ways to grow green vegetables and colorful flowers, but you can also think outside the box — what about diversifying your new garden with nut trees? There are pecan trees for sale this time of year for those of you who like to make your own pecan pies.
You can also enjoy any of the many physical-based outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, or rock climbing. Even meeting up with a few friends to play a round of pick-up basketball does wonders for your fitness and your mood. Don’t keep yourself cooped up indoors; once the weather starts to get warm, find as many excuses to go outdoors as possible.
The options are as limitless as your own wonder. Maybe astronomy is your thing, or worm composting! The more you learn about outdoor activities, from planting trees to parkour, the more opportunities you have to enjoy the outdoors. Now all you have to do is wait for spring.
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