Saturday, March 3, 2012

Being Outside

Well it is a nice warm 75 degrees here in Texas. It is March, and that means it is almost summer, we even played in the sprinkler yesterday. Well not summer yet, because I think the next few days are going to be in the 60s. Regardless it is time to be outside more. Yesterday we (me and the girls) were outside for the entire afternoon. I love watching both girls just kind of do their own thing, and yet come together to do something. I have been trying to make a conscience effort lately to get my kids outside.

I've also been trying to take it more seriously that Ruth asks me everyday when she gets to go to school. She is 3, not even 3 and a half yet. But I know 5 is coming quick. So we make the most of our days together and every now and then the teacher in me throws in an educational activity but mostly we just play. That is school for her age, just play.

Two resources that I have been using a lot lately are .....
Full of ideas and activities for preschoolers and toddlers and even infants. Focusing on the power of play.
Fifteen Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen
365 activities to do outside to get out of the house and connect with your kids.

So here is a few pictures of what we have been doing outside lately.

R with her Rollie-Pollie Habitat and M with her bubbles

Just putting rocks from one bucket into another, later we put water in the bigger one, and wow she was excited!
Creating a house out of a cardboard box, complete with a mailbox. She is decorating at this point.

So I hope you fellow Texans are enjoying this beautiful weather. I do not look forward to the days of 100 degree weather, so I am going to enjoy this and go outside as much as I can.

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