Grab a basketball and walk, bike, or drive to your local park to play. Even if you’re only out for 30 minutes, you can get some wonderful exercise and fun times together. Practicing shots or playing a game of H-O-R-S-E. If you have a basketball for each person, you can play a firing squad game in which as you make a shot you advance another couple of feet around the half-circle arc of the basketball hoop.
All you need is chalk. You draw a hopscotch grid on your driveway, sidewalk in front or back of your house, or even a sidewalk at the local park (though bring a bit of water to wash the park sidewalk off after you’re done). Here’s how to play hopscotch. Let the kids draw more with chalk once they get bored with the hopscotch — a beautiful way to develop imagination outdoors.
Photo: Flickr / Nick Lee
Make Leaf Angels
Easiest to do in your own backyard, rake up a pile of leaves and jump into it. Play. Have fun. Once the pile is a little more flattened down and spread out, lay down and make a leaf angel. It’s the same idea as making a snow angel, only hopefully you’re not so cold! Here’s a cute video of a young boy explaining how he does it.