20 Things to Do With Your Kids Outside

It’s been beautiful here in Texas lately!  We’re making the most of our time outside right now because we know what Texas summers are like… and we know that come June we’re going to have to hole up in the air conditioning.  Anyway, here are 20 fun things you can do to get out in the lovely Spring weather.   1.  Pick wildflowers.  If you’re feeling really creative, press them between the pages of books to glue onto cards. 2.  Go on an insect hunt and see how many types of insects you can find.  Later, draw pictures of your favorites. 3.  Roll down a hill in the grass. 4.  Plant a garden.  Or if you don’t have space, plant a pot of fresh herbs. 5.  Make an obstacle course and see how fast you can go through it.  (Don’t have “obstacles”?  Just tell your kids to jump 10 times, do two cartwheels, run around the house and then give you a hug and time them.) 6.  Make your own “Survivorkids” movie and film your kids showing the world how to hike, backpack, build a (fake) campfire, fight off a (stuffed) bear attack, etc. 7.  See how high you can get on the swings. 8.  Go birdwatching. 9.  Draw on the driveway or patio with sidewalk chalk.  (I’ve actually seen someone make their own sidewalk chalk but I’m a slacker and chalk costs like a dollar so I just buy it.) 10.  Play soccer. 11.  Make mud pies without worrying about your kids getting dirty. 12.  Lay out beach towels on the grass and pretend you’re at the beach. ...

Kid Activity: Tye-Died Cards How-To

What you need: –  2 cans shaving cream –  1 large plastic bin –  1 box gel food coloring –  Toothpicks or sticks –  cardstock –  Squeegee   Steps 1.  Spray a large stream of shaving cream into the plastic bin.  Add dots and streaks of food coloring on the shaving cream in whatever colors you want to use. 2.  Use a stick of toothpick to swirl the shaving cream and food coloring together. 3.  Take a piece of card stock and fold it in half.  Carefully smash the card stock into the shaving cream, wiggling it around to make sure the entire card is covered. 4.  Remove the card stock from the shaving cream and move it onto a solid surface (we use the plastic lid from the bin). 5.  Use the squeegee to remove shaving cream from the card, leaving the colors. 6.  Let cards dry for 1 hour before using.  ...

Kids Activities: 15 Things Your Preschoolers Can Help You Do in the Kitchen

2012 is all about intentionality at the MacPherson house… and this month, we’re focusing on intentional DOING.  And that means instead of just being, I’m going to focus on intentionally doing things all month.  Playing.  Talking.  Reading.  Cooking.  Working.  DOING things together.  So, as part of DOING month, I’m going to be putting together a series of lists that give you easy ideas on how to intentionally do things.  Enjoy! 15 Things Your Preschoolers Can Do to Help in the Kitchen 1.  Cut and chop.  Yes, I let my kids use knives.  My 4-year-old cuts strawberries using a plastic cake knife and my 6-year-old cuts things like green beans and tomatoes using a regular paring knife. 2. Fetch ingredients. Send your kids to the fridge to get milk or to the pantry to get sugar. 3.  Read recipes. If they can’t read yet, have them find letters, point out numbers and guess at what ingredients the dish calls for. 4.  Grow herbs. Plant basil, oregano, parsley and cilantro in small pots and let your kids grow and water their own herbs.  Then send them to go pick what you need for recipes. 5.  Crack eggs. Yes, it can be precarious to let little hands crack eggs, but if you have them practice in a separate bowl from your other ingredients… and are okay with throwing away a few eggs if there’s an accident, cracking eggs can be a lot of fun for preschoolers. 6.  Empty the dishwasher. Let them sort silverware or put away everything that’s unbreakable. 7.  Add spices. Who cares if there’s a little extra cinnamon in...
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