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5 Ways to Get the Grandchildren to Live Life Outside

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I have always loved being outside. I could  live my life outside. My earliest memories of being outside are with my dad in his garden. He was always outside either working, or just sitting in his chair enjoying just being there. Sometimes he would have his small transistor radio and listen to the Cincinnati Reds games. I inherited my father’s love for the outdoors, so I am teaching my grandchildren that same love. Katie is a natural, she has always loved getting out and getting dirty. Tyler on the other hand was a little dainty at first, not wanting to get his hands or shoes dirty. He’s almost 4 and has since learned to love a little dirt.

According to a recent survey conducted by TruGreen, it revealed that more than half the Americans surveyed want to spend more time outside, but about two-thirds say they are actually spending less time outside than they did five years ago. We need to turn off the electronics, go outside and make deeper connections with our family and friends.  Today I am going to share some of the things I do to get my grand kids outside.

1. Have a picnic in your backyard. The grand kids are with me 2 days a week so at lunch we pack up a picnic basket and head to the backyard. They love it. We spread out a big blanket, have sandwiches and drinks. Even the doggies join us. I sit and watch them run and play. Sometimes even papal will join us.

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2. Play outdoor games. My husband takes great care of our lawn it’s great for playing games. We have an old croquet set that the grand kids enjoy playing with. We also play simple games like tag and hide-and-go-seek. It’s especially fun at night with glow necklaces.

3. Plant a garden. It doesn’t have to be a big garden, you can plant a container garden. Katie loves getting her hands dirty.

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4. Water play. When the weather gets warm the grand kids want water. I sometimes fill up a plastic tub and they will climb in and have a blast. We use the sprinkler many times. It can do double duty. Fun for the kids and I can water the lawn and garden at the same time. When the kids are finished with the tub of water I have them carry the water to sprinkle on the garden.

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5. Last but not least host a barbecue. The great American past time cooking our food on a grill.As soon as the weather warms up at my house the charcoal grill comes out. It’s easy to do, the flavor is amazing and clean up is a breeze.


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Now you’ve read my post, turn off the computer and go outside! How does your family enjoy being outdoors?

9 thoughts on “5 Ways to Get the Grandchildren to Live Life Outside”

  1. Meagan says:

    This is wonderful! I love that you are such an active grandma and play with your grandchildren. My grandma was never like this and I always wish I had a better relationship with her. I love all the fun outdoor activities you guys do as well. Anything to get them outside playing and staying active is great!

  2. LydiaF says:

    I enjoy being outside when the weather’s nice. It helps if you have the proper clothing. It can be a misery when it’s really cold or wet, even when you’ve dressed for it. I love the suggestions you’ve made, they’ll help make memories with the grandchildren, but all families would benefit by spending more time outdoors.

  3. Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes says:

    With 4 kiddos, we definitely spend a lot of time outside, it’s a true sanity saver! Riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards are daily activities over here!

  4. Aimee @ Captivating Corner Blog says:

    Ohio Proud!
    Life outside truly is better. This past weekend lots of time was spent outside. Mulching completed, grass sprayed, played some basketball. Fun in the sun!

  5. Britney says:

    We love to play outside and it is always fun to get new activities to do!

  6. Kim @ 2justByou says:

    Water play is a total must for us during the hot summer days! Picnics are one of my kids’ favorites. And BBQs are just total tradition. =0)
    Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  7. Melanie says:

    My kids love playing outside. We spent a ton of time out today!

  8. Debra says:

    We love being outside! It is so much fun!

  9. Theresa Sutton says:

    Born in Philly, raised all over the place, and my childhood was definitely spent outdoors! I’m always worried about my daughter because she doesn’t spend nearly as much time as I did outdoors. Before she was born, my husband and I vowed to keep her away from electronics, four years later she has a tablet and a camera. Still we try to enforce a certain level of restriction when it comes to electronics. We still spend plenty of time outdoors. I suppose moderation is key. What an interesting generation to grow up in though. Playing on a tablet doesn’t seem nearly as fun as rolling in the grass and climbing trees.

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