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Adventures in Play - Taking it outside

I used to love going outside but since the computer came into my life I don't do it nearly enough. I got thinking what if I made a game of it?

There are several ways I could do this ...

The easiest by far is to go on a nature scavenger hunt with a plan to take the items I find and turn them into some kind of craft or upload the photo evidence that I found them to Instagram. Being outside then becomes a shopping trip without spending any money.

The first thing I would need is a list of items to find, thankfully Pinterest has me covered. Check out my Scavenger List Ideas board

If you feel silly doing this for yourself you can always invite any kids you know to join you (and their parents of course). I think this would be a fun thing to do with my grandbabies or just by myself to force me outside.

The second I already mentioned above grab some of the kids and take them to the park. While you are there take a turn on the slide and the swings with them. Or bring some chalk and challenge them to a drawing contest on the game court.

A third option is to treat yourself to a meditation walk, either on a clearly marked trail or along the side of the nearest body of water. I am lucky here in that when they took out the old railway tracks they turned their routes into nature trails. You can walk from one end of my town to the other just following those paths if you are ambitious.

There are lots of other ways to get yourself out there. With the warmer weather coming find a tree and every week take pictures as the buds grow bigger and turn into leaves or take photos of a winter-dead garden then come back every week to watch as it comes back to life.

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These are just a few ways to enjoy the outdoors. I am going on a photo scavenger hunt how about you?

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