Whether your preschooler loves to play games like kickball or hopscotch or prefers nature activities like planting flowers or watching birds, we have plenty of fun outdoor activities to get your child off the sofa and into the great outdoors.
Educational opportunities abound in nature, from the magical transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly to the roar of the ocean tucked inside a seashell. An appreciation of nature helps kids understand that they're part of a larger universe and that all living things serve a purpose, says Susan Buttross, M.D., chief of child development and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson. Try these ten fun family activities to spark your child's interest in the natural world and to build his imagination, inquisitiveness, and compassion.
Each summer Tereasa Surratt and her husband, David Hernandez, gather friends and family for a bash at Camp Wandawega, an old summer camp they own in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Here's their tips for an inspired family celebration featuring classic outdoor activities, mess-hall fare, and campy decor.