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Well, I intended on having a playdate in my backyard with the help of my Claritin Playmaker Kit, then my little got sick and I had to cancel.
Seems like Brody had a bit of the “too much sun and fun” with his brothers last weekend. Our playdate was postponed, yet it’s been raining non-stop for the last couple of days and more rain is coming. So I thought I would go a head and post some fun activities that we were planning on doing.
Here are a few activities that are super fun for outdoor playdates with your kiddos and their friends: Choose one for your playdate.
- Make dirt-like dough (uncooked play dough)
Kids will love making this recipe with their own hands – a little messy, but hey – let kids get dirty! You can find this recipe on my blog here.
- Creating Art with Nature – have each friend bring a cardboard box (broken down) as this will be their play space, some construction paper, and recycled materials from home, such as; toilet paper rolls, paper plates, fabric squares, etc. Playdate host provides materials such as; crayons, washable markers, paint brushes, glue sticks, paint, etc. and anything else you can think of. Each child will find items in nature to make an art piece on their construction paper. Be creative.
- Nature Scavenger Hunt – Have each kid bring a paper sack to hold their findings in and a pencil, or host can provide them. Make sure your list includes items that are found in “your neck of the woods” – in Texas we look for – feather, rock, flower petal, green leaf, worm, spot a red bird, etc. Also make sure your items are easy to find – don’t put a bird’s nest if you know there’s not one in our back or front yard. Check off items as you find them, and when it’s over you can have each all kids gather around in a circle and you all can talk about what you found and how much fun you had.
- Water Stations – ahhhh now this is the perfect summer outdoor activity of all. Set up water stations and have kids jump around to each one. Examples are a sprinkler, slip n slide, water balloons, a small pool, put a water hose down a slide and let them slide down. If you don’t have a lot of water activities, ask a mom or two to bring some. Have fun!
Don’t forget, when kids are at play outdoors, allergies can flair up quick, so be sure to play it safe and protect them in advance. Children’s Claritin is a great choice. Follow along at #ClaritinMomCrew to see what other moms are doing at their playdates.
What one innovative outdoor activity are you planning or have done already this summer?