With summer around the corner I’m always excited to spend more time outside. When the weather is warm and the sun is shining it’s a great excuse to get out and get some fresh air.
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I was excited to read the book 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen. With two active young children in the house, I am always looking for ways to keep them busy. They both enjoy being outdoors, so this book seemed perfect for them.Over the years, I have read quite a few books on activities for children. Many of the ideas in the other books seemed to be the same ones repeated over and over. I found this book to have new and unique ideas. There is one activity listed for each day of the month. There were plenty of gardening tips, such as how to build a planter box, and seed growing tips as well.
I found most of the activities to be simple and easy to accomplish. However, there were a couple of activities that just weren’t practical for my area, such as a sunrise breakfast outside in January. Even bundled up it would be too cold.
Some of my favorite activities include taking a sketchbook to the park and having the kids draw what they see, plan a monarch way station, play the game “what’s beautiful today?”, winter golf and race to spot the most critters.
Overall, I would recommend 15 Minutes Outside to anyone looking for different activities for their children and a new ideas to get out of the house.