What would it take to convince your kids that the outdoors is at least as cool as the TV, the family game console or mom and dad’s tablet?
Maybe they just need the grown-ups to offer a little inspiration. Maybe you could start with one of these ideas:
• Create a nature scrapbook: Grab a camera, markers, glue and a scrapbook. Snap pics of things emerging in your yard. Document how things change week to week. Add photos clipped from magazines. Write your own captions. Decorate page borders. Add new pages year-round.
The outdoors opens new worlds to young imaginations. (REI photos: Damon Parrish)
• Look up and search for bird’s nests. They’re easier to spot now, while tree leaves are still emerging.
For a look inside the book, take a peek at these printable 2-page spreads from the chapter devoted to spring:
For more ideas on getting into the sunshine, check out the free assortment of family articles in the Expert Advice section of REI.com. Sample articles:
Anyone got any kids-and-outdoors ideas to share? Meanwhile, here's hoping your next family outdoor excursion can match the sense of fun on display here: