Getting the Family Outside this Fall
Many parents all around the country now have kids attending school this fall remotely, via Zoom. Though school days for some may be shortened, there is no denying that screen time has increased significantly for all of the kids out there attending online school. In addition, with shorter school days, kids now have even more time for leisurely screen time like watching TV and playing video games. It also isn’t much help that local parks and businesses have had to shut down due to outbreaks of COVID-19 in some areas. Combining all of these factors can cause a nightmare for a lot of parents who are just trying to shorten daily screen time for their kids.
If you are a parent who is struggling to come up with tech-free activities to keep your kids entertained in a COVID world, check out these fun activities that can take place outside and don’t involve being near large crowds of people:
Collect leaves in the backyard: Collecting leaves in the backyard can be a fun activity on a nice day considering all of the fun things you can do with them! Use them to make fall-themed arts and crafts and make hopscotch or mazes on the ground. In addition to all of the potential fun activities that you can use leaves for, the kids will be doing chores without even realizing it!
Draw with sidewalk chalk: Drawing with sidewalk chalk is not just a spring and summer activity. As long as there is nice weather, get outside and bring the chalk to draw fall pictures and positive messages on the sidewalks or in your driveway. This can allow your kids to feel creative and show off their artwork to all of the neighbors.
Visit the local farm stand: Avoid the crowds at the apple orchard and go to the local farm stands instead. Here, you will access to tons of fresh produce with lots of variety. You can pick up your favorite fruits and vegetables to bring home to have a family cooking night! This can also help you teach your kids the basics of cooking and the importance of having variety in the diet.
Carve a pumpkin: Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a pumpkin in the produce section to bring home to carve with the family. You can also roast the seeds to make a fun fall snack!
Decorate: Dig out the arts and crafts to make some fun fall decorations to put up around the house. This can be a great way for the family to spark some creativity and find a little bit of joy in this crazy world we are living in.
All of these fun activities can help to get the whole family off of the screens and out into the fresh air! With the pandemic still among us, it is crucial that we spend as much time outside to get fresh air and Vitamin D to keep our immune systems strong. Let us know what your favorite family outdoor fall activity is at Healthy.firstname.lastname@example.org.