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One thing that has happened because of this global pandemic is a lot more screen time for everyone, especially kids who have had to participate in school online for what seems like forever. Then, after they finish school, they want to play video games to relax! Does anyone even know how to play outside anymore? Believe it or not, BOOKS can help open up the world for you and get everyone outside for a change!
The weather in Phoenix is starting to warm up quite a bit. We had a beautiful Easter Week. It is the perfect weather for getting outside and enjoying nature and having some outdoor fun!
I've noticed that sometimes, video games can become so addictive to kids, (and anyone really), that maybe a little encouragement is needed to get their imaginations flowing. I've found some great books that can help with just that! A fun thing to do would be to read them together and if you talk about how much fun it would be to do some of the things that you read about, your kids will hopefully catch onto your enthusiasm. Be open to their ideas as they come up with them as well. My SIL told me about a hike that their family went on because their 6 year old son suggested going on a hike and then eating donuts at the end of it. So, they made it happen! It was a great day for all, away from the screens!
As you read some of these books together and your child suggests that something sounds like it would be fun to do, run with it! It may need to be a variation of the activity suggested, but you can get your children involved in the planning and make it something that you will all remember! It will be an activity much more memorable than playing a video game together in the long run. Not only that , you will be encouraging creativity, good health and exercise, use of their imagination and an awareness of how the world really is up close and personal!
Some of these books are fiction and some are factual activity books. They cover many ages. Since I have 3 grandsons coming to spend a month with me in June, I am really looking forward to having some outdoor fun with them and being inspired by some good books!
I hope that we can all spend a lot more time outdoors this year and enjoy our beautiful world, expanding our horizons and healing from the past year.
As a grandparent, I love being able to add to the enjoyment of being outdoors with my grandkids! We came up with a fun Adventure Poster or Book that you can use to get ideas for experiences to enjoy with your grandchildren! Check out this post and our Etsy shop here!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!