10 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Enjoy the Weather

Look at the clouds, and ask your child what shapes and images he sees. Older kids can identify different types of clouds, from puffy cumulus to wispy cirrus. On a windy day, watch how quickly clouds sail across the horizon. And while we all love sunny days, bad weather can be fun too, says Michael E. Ross, a naturalist who leads tours at Yosemite National Park, in California. Watch a thunderstorm from a cozy window. Take wind chimes, kites, or flags outdoors to illustrate how a blustery wind can set objects in motion. Dress your kids in the right gear, and let them stomp in the rain or snow.

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