Get the Kids Outdoors
Did the kids spend the entire winter cooped up, away from the cold, and living on their electronic devices? Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get the kids out of the house and back into some fresh air. Here are several activities you can do with your kids or let them do with their siblings and friends.
Go on a Picnic
You can go to the park or head to the backyard. Pack a lunch, grab a blanket, and bring a few balls, a Frisbee, and anything else the kids can play with. If you go to a park, they can play on the playground once they’re done eating. Everyone gets some sunshine, and the kids can run off some energy.
Sidewalk Chalk Art
The kids can play in the driveway, on a walkway leading to the front door, or on the sidewalk outside your home. Wherever you feel comfortable and they can get a flat surface to draw. Let them decorate the entire area. At the end of the day, rinse it off with a garden hose and they can come back out the next day and do it again.
Fly a Kit
Take advantage of a breezy day and fly a kite. You can make one together as an added bonus or buy one from a discount store. The point is to spend time outside in the fresh air together. They can run around and you can join them or sit down on the grass and watch.
Make a Bird Feeder
You may want to make the bird feeder inside but you can spend time outside hanging it and watching the birds who eat from it. Get several large pine cones, peanut butter (or other nut butters if your child has an allergy), and seeds. You’ll cover the pine cones with the peanut butter and then the seeds. Use string or wire to hang them outside for the birds.
Plant a garden – vegetables or flowers – or make a potted garden together. You can start with seeds so your child learns how to take care of plants and watch them grow. Or you can buy plants and put them in the ground or in pots and let your child enjoy the flowers and the time outside. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to let them get dirty without getting in trouble.
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
If you’re creative you can make a list for your kids or you can find one with a quick Google search. Send them into the backyard with a list and let them spend time observing nature and playing in the backyard. They may forget the hunt and do something else, but at least they’ll be outside.
Thinking of Getting a Trampoline?
A trampoline might sound like a fun way to get your kids outside and keep them playing for a while, but there are problems. In many cases, they’re not always the safest option and kids can get hurt. The other big problem is that many insurance companies will not write homeowner policies if you have one. If you’re with an insurance company that doesn’t write policies for homes with trampolines, your coverage likely won’t be renewed once they know you have one.
Contact Ross Insurance today to make sure you have the best homeowners insurance policy, with or without a trampoline