I simply love outdoors, even in super hot texas. Summer is a brilliant time to get the kids (and adults) in your life to interact with nature, and away of screen time. It is not an easy task, trust me. Ive had to detach my son from his PS4, iPad and iPhone but the results are amazing.
Go outside and..
1. You don’t have to go to a park far away. Your front or backyard will do sometimes. Get some sidewalk chalk and some bubbles at your dollar store and break out the fun outside. We had lots of fun painting in the shade, drinking lemonade and blowing bubbles.
2. If you have more time… go visit a local park. In Texas i have discovered so many amazing parks. We went to Jessie Jones Park over the weekend and it was so fun. Hiking, discovering nature and picking up leaves and stones. We also had the chance to see a bunch of beautiful turtles in their natural pond. Experiences like this you and your kids will cherish for a long time.
TIP: Make sure you take some OFF and spray yourselves before you venture into the park. At this time of year there are lots of bugs (specially mosquitoes) around so make sure you spray yourselves first. Also make sure you take some water with you.
3. Nature Scavenger Hunt – make time outdoors even more educational by doing a scavenger hunt. Hunt for different types of vegetation, spot the bird, find the stick, and many more. The possibilities are endless. Lake Houston Nature Wilderness Park organizes some of these events now and then, but if not, simply make your own.
4. Backyard Water War: if you have more than one child, you can get a few water guns at the dollar store and have your own little splash war time. It gets the kids running and keeps them active while staying fresh. This is fun for kids and adults alike.
Researches suggest that spending time outdoors helps you reduce stress, depression and anxiety. According to a study by the University of Minnesota “Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.” So go outside and start enjoying the benefits of nature.