Summer is in full swing, and people are scrambling to get outside. This is our chance to get away from our computer screens and enjoy the outdoors.
Many people welcome warm weather with gratitude after months of being stuck in their homes. Of course, with our recent situation, we should continue taking precautions when taking our time outdoors. Never the less, here are 10 fun ways to enjoy nature while the weather lasts. All of them are easy, and some you can even do in your own back yard!
1- Start a Garden
Gardening is a source of joy for people of all ages. If you prefer homegrown vegetables, raise a garden bed, and plant away. If you want to surround your home with flowers, there are hundreds to choose from. Gardening also provides an educational way to bond with your children. When you have space, consider giving them their own gardening area and allow them to enjoy learning about nature!
2- Ride a Bike
Bicycling is good for the whole body and the mind, as well. If you ride your bike in the spring and summer months, you can fully enjoy the changing colors around you. Remember to wear a helmet!
3- Press Leaves & Flowers
Have you ever opened an old book to find a flower between the pages, appearance almost completely intact? When the time comes to deadhead some flowers in a garden, you might choose to press them in an old book instead of throwing them away. Later you can make art from the pressed flowers.
4- Identify a Tree
If you live near a forest or in an area dense with trees, it can be fun to learn the features that make each kind unique. Take note of subtle marks, like the shape of a leaf or the color of some bark, that make a tree what it is.
5- Look for Butterflies
Butterflies grace our gardens in the warmer months like faeries. Find out which types are common in your area and pick a spot to wait for them. If you don’t see any butterflies, then you can entertain yourself by reading about butterfly mythology. Many cultures have given these winged beauties their own stories and lore.
This is similar to butterfly watching. When the weather warms up, birds leave their nests in search of food. You can learn a lot about them by observing their behavior. Take a bird guide book in case there’s one you want to identify. You might find yourself enjoying bird watching enough to make it a hobby!
7- Make Sandcastles
If you’re going to the beach, or any area with lots of sand, build a sandcastle. Enjoy how the sand feels when it trickles through your fingers; feel that moment of triumph when you get a tower to remain standing. Have your kids help you, or host a competition!
8- Have a Picnic
Picnics are a great way to enjoy nature while spending time with your family. Find a shaded spot and bring snacks. You can eat lunch together watching the ocean, or in the forest surrounded by trees. Be sure to clean up after yourself when you have finished!
9- Collect Rocks
Do you remember that spark of joy when you were a child and found a perfect, round pebble? Collect bigger rocks now and use them to decorate your garden. Look for the flattest rocks, or the brightest rocks, or those with unusual shapes.
10- Sleep Under the Stars
It’s not safe to go to camping grounds yet, but you can set up a tent in your back yard and spend a night outside. Keep your mosquito repellent at hand, pick a clear night, and keep an eye on the sky. Search for the constellations your father taught you about when you were younger, and pass the information on to your children.
With a state of lockdown upon us, there are places we cannot go, but nature still offers ways to entertain ourselves while the weather is warm. When winter comes again, you’ll be at peace knowing you didn’t waste a moment of the heat.
Out in the open, you and your children can make the most precious memories, learning about nature and about one another.