Summer time can be exhausting for both parents and the little ones. It can be a challenge to get the children outside. They may complain that it's too hot, or that they they're bored, and the money spent on the best above ground pool may seem to have been wasted once the novelty has worn off.
Children are naturally creative, and when their environment is telling them what to do as opposed to giving them options, they lose interest. Instead of the swing set, give them the materials to build their own creative world. A little shade, some water, and natural materials is all they really need.
Your outdoor space should be a priority, but it doesn't have to be perfect. If lawn care isn't in the budget for the summer, your littles ones will still find ways to use the space. (Just be sure to check for dangerous critters like snakes if your grass becomes too tall.) Take a few of their favorite toys outside and show them that they can create an imaginary world like Jurassic Park. A fairy garden is another exciting world that can be created.
Making masterpieces outdoors is often more pleasurable than indoors, because being outside is inspiring. Bring the paints outside, setup an easel under the umbrella, and let your littles ones paint. Chalk can be fun, and tree bark tracings with crayons, or any medium make interesting designs. What else will they want to trace?
What's better than great outdoor dining areas? Mud pie kitchens! Children of all ages will love this. Take a summer field trip to the dollar store or the thrift store and purchase old dishes and utensils. If you've recently planted, save your little plant buckets for the outdoor kitchen. Twigs, sticks, rocks, leaves, and other natural items make for beautiful ingredients.
With a little guidance from us, as parents, our children can create a wonderfully creative outdoor playground.
*This is a collaborative post.