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10 New Year’s Resolutions with Young Children: #1-Outside

TheĀ  more fun a resolution, the easier it is to keep and what could be more fun for kids than 15 minutes of adventure? A cool place for an adventure is outside, especially at this time of the year!

new year's resolution play outsideI just discovered the book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, by Rebecca Cohen. I can hardly wait to read it all. She writes that the average child only gets 4-7 minutes of outside play time a day and more than 4 hours a day for screen time. Spending 15 minutes outside every day could be a great new year’s resolution and Rebecca gives practical ideas and suggestions. One of the obvious ones is to go for a walk.

Going for a walk sounds simple, but that’s before trying to get preschoolers dressed in winter clothes. Rebecca advises that it helps to have a basket or other container of the clothes needed for a walk in your area. Having the mittens, hats, boots, sweaters, and coats in one place makes getting ready for the walk much easier, as does remembering to have a potty break before getting on the outdoor clothes.

new year's resolution outside play timeSome other activities could be a picnic outside, even in the winter, or playing a game like I Spy or Follow the Leader. Kicking a ball in the snow is much different from kicking one in the grass. Have your kids ever tried snow painting with colored water and squirt bottles? That’s for days that aren’t too cold. There are often nature treasures, like sticks, pine cones, and rocks on the ground just waiting for little hands to collect them. In some places, there is also snow, although it’s value as treasure is highly debatable. Kids enjoy shoveling snow more than grownups do, at least for a little while, and they love to play in it.

Fifteen minutes of outside time could be a new year’s resolution for any family. How about yours?

Capture 2015 for Your Child with a Joy and Happy Jar

Have you seen the idea of capturing special moments of the year by writing a few words on a slip of paper, then keeping the papers in a jar for next new year’s? These are called Happy and Joy Jars, or maybe Smile or Gratitude, and what a wonderful idea to do with kids. To create a jar, you don’t even need to start with a jar. It could be a…container. Young children will need our help to write things down, but they can draw a picture of a smile or happy face on the paper beside the words. Then, in a year we get to remember them together. Does your family have a happy jar?Continue Reading

New Year’s Wishing Star Wands for Kids

The New Year has started and this year, instead of only resolutions, how about adding in some wishes for kids that encourages them to hope and dream? On several blogs, I’ve seen this wonderful idea for wishing wands made with stars. We used sparkly pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks and made some wishing star wands. What are your wishes for the new year?Continue Reading

Homemade Noise, er… Music Makers for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is children’s idea of great fun; just imagine being able to use all different kinds of noise makers and it’s okay to be enthusiastic! For adults though, it’s better if kids make all those sounds way early in the evening. Before getting into ideas for homemade music makers, here’s some reasons whyContinue Reading

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