I just saw this article in mothering and wanted to remind myself of these things for the summer. I thought I would post it here for easy reference.
It’s almost summer now and those warm endless days and nights are near. Here are some ideas to encourage playfulness:
Go bike riding.
Take a walk at night when the moon is full.
Gaze at the stars.
Go on a bug safari.
Make some large cardboard appliance boxes available.
Give your children a video camera to use.
Make a detailed map of your yard, your house, your neighborhood.
Have a scavenger hunt.
Put on a treasure hunt.
Invite the neighborhood over for a circus.
Make boats from wood scraps and corks with paper or fabric sails and sail them down a creek or in the gutters.
Decorate each other’s faces with face paints.
Fill a toy box with old clothes, skarves, jewelry, hats, and shoes.
Make an outdoor obstacle course or par course.
Fill walnut shell halves with candle wax and a tiny wick. Light them and place them around the garden or on a pond at night.
written by -Peggy O’Mara
Peggy O’Mara founded Mothering.com in 1995 and is currently its editor-in chief.