Promoting the Outdoors : C

Look a blog post 3 days in a row! Woot woot! Ok with that said today is the letter C. Many of these are evening and night time activities today! (some of these came from my head and some I found online through other sites)

  • Chalk – There are tons of game you can play with sidewalk chalk! (Go here to see how to make your own!)
  • Climbing – Climb a tree, Climb a wall, Climb a Big Toy, Climb Climb Climb!
  • Car Care – Have your kiddos help you wash a car! (thats a win win! have fun playing with your kids OUTSIDE and get your car washed)
  • Catching Frogs (and other critters) – Head out to your local creek and go critter searching! Once you catch something, examine it, talk about it, then let it go!
  • [play] Catch – Dig out your baseball mitts and a ball and go outside to play catch!
  • Cloud Watching – Lay in the grass in the nice summer sun and watch the clouds go by. Point out all the cool things you see!
  • Constilation Gazing – Go out after dark and watch the stars, and find different constilations to chat about.
  • Campfire Fun – When dusk hits you can build a campfire. Sitting around the campfire builds great relationships, you can chat, play games, tell ghoast stories, make your dinner, make smore.
  • Child’s Pretend – Go outside and let your kiddos chose the game of pretend and then submit to your inner child and join in!
  • Camping – If you cant go out to a local camp grounds then maybe just pitch a tent in your back yard!
  • [Solar] Cooking – Head outside and make a solar cooker and then use it!
  • Catch Lightning Bugs – If your on the right side of the country you know there are millions of lightning bugs out at dusk! Head out with a jar and have a lightning bug catching competition. See who can get the most!
  • Croquet – If you have a croquet set go out, set it up, and have a fun family game!
  • City Walk – Head out with your kiddos to walk the city! Find the hidden city arts, share with your kiddos the importance of shopping local (shoot its Saturday so if you’ve got a farmers market you can hit up thats always fun!), share your city’s culture and beginings with your children.
  • Clothes Line Art Show – Take some art supplies outside and have each child make many different master pieces. Then when your all done hang them on the clothes line for a fun filled art show!
  • Composting – If you’ve been thinking about starting a compost bin, maybe today is the day! Get your bin and head outside to teach your children all about why you want one, how you do it, and what its for.
  • Capture the Flag – Split the group into two teams, each team having a flag or other marker at the team’s base. The object of the game is to run into the other team’s territory, capture their flag and make it safely back to your own territory. You can tag “enemy” players in your territory, sending them to your jail. They can be sprung from jail by a member of their own team running into your territory, tagging them and running back, with one freed person allowed per jail break.
  • Chineese Jump Rope – But you jump in a pattern. Two people put their feet inside the rope and stretch them out, standing far enough apart for the third person to jump between them. The third person, or jumper, faces one of the people holding the rope and jumps in a pattern of left, right, inside, outside and on the ropes. What pattern you use is up to you, but all the players should use the same one. The game is started with the rope around the ankles. Once the jumper does the jump correctly, the rope is moved up to the calves. Then to the knees, then the thighs. Usually it doesn’t get any farther than that. Once you miss, it is someone else’s turn.
  • Crack the Wip – All the players hold hands in a line. The person at one end of the runs around, changing directions quickly. The tail of the “whip” of players tends to get moved around with a lot more force than players closer to the front. The longer the tail, the harder it is to hold on. If the players at the end fall off the end of the tail, they can attempt to get back on, perhaps in a position closer to the front.
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