8 Ways to Bring Outdoor Activities Indoors
Whether it's too cold for your liking or you don't have a backyard of your own, here are eight ideas for outdoor fun you can have indoors.
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Have a Floor Picnic
This one’s so easy, it kind of feels like cheating. Spread a blanket on the floor, cue up some crickets or summery songs on Spotify, and hand around finger foods like grapes or sandwiches. Up to you whether to don shorts and tank-tops as well. Your kids will love the novelty—and since you can toss the blanket in the wash, you’ll love not having to sweep or vacuum.
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By now you probably know the benefits of compositing, including reducing the release of methane by keeping organic waste out of landfills and decreasing our reliance on chemical fertilizers. You can schlep your egg shells, coffee filters, etc. to a collection site, or you can try a worm-full composting bin. The bin requires a little attention to prevent smells and discourage critters, but frankly so do kids. As the worms turn, tunnel, and twirl through the composting bin, you and your little ones just might find yourselves marveling at the miracle of life.
Update Rock Painting
Rock painting goes back a long, long time. No doubt tiny Neanderthals painted rocks as their mommies and daddies painted cave walls. The Pinterested Parent adds even more nature to this time-honored tradition of rock painting by using leaves. Painting a leaf and then gently pressing it against the rock creates a charming silhouette. You might also try ‘painting’ with twigs, blades of grass, acorns, and anything else that you find outside.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention pinecones, another endlessly adaptable staple of nature-based art-and-crafts. With a little glue, yarn, googly eyes, glitter, paint, and imagination, the humble pinecone can be transformed into a troll, penguin, turkey, and pretty much any other animal you can think of.