Chalk.

 Sidewalk chalk. Chalk is great fun for your little kids but don’t rule out the big kids with this outdoor activity! Teens can come up with some beautiful sidewalk art…You can give them a theme or just hand over the bucket of sidewalk chalk and see what they create. I have seen small cities, animals…

Bugs.

Bug catching in the back yard. Snakes and snails and… bugs! That’s what boys are made of!  Bug collecting or just catching bugs is a wonderful necessary thing for a kid to do. Mom don’t get in the way of letting this happen. Keep mayo jars handy for the brief bug hotel (just a day…

Fire!

  Build a fire in the middle of the day. Boys LOVE fire! Am I right?! I bet I got your attention with this suggestion; send your son in the back yard to start a fire! I promise that will get him off his game! Do you have a fire pit? An inexpensive one from…

Draw.

Drawing outside. Who says you have to be inside to draw? Give your boys some paper and crayons or markers and send him outside in the shade. Give them a theme if they can’t get started: a tree, a flower, a bird, the car or simply tell them to draw something they see outside. Why…

Swing.

   Swing. Right up there with throwing the football and climbing a tree, swinging is a foundational developmental necessity of childhood. Mom may not understand all the science behind it but she knows that there is something important about that swing. The vestibular system is very important in a child’s development and nothing activates it…

Go to the ATM every day!

We covered a lot of info last week on the developmental needs of children. If you are like me, it is hard to remember all the dentist appointments, school meetings and groceries, so how am I going to remember the three most important developmental ingredients to my child’s day?  Remember ATM ( Attachment, Touch, Movement) every…

Climb a tree.

Climb a tree. I know it may feel a little dangerous for mom,  but tree climbing (or climbing anything) it is a childhood developmental milestone and is a skill that your child should practice on a regular basis.  This takes some practice and chances are that if he doesn’t spend much time outside he has…

Football.

Football in the front yard. Who needs a football field to play football? The front yard will do just fine. This is a classic outside boy opportunity to get moving. Every boy should know how to catch a football and practice is key for the huge developmental benefits not to mention getting loads of energy…

Bikes.

Bike riding with friends.  One of the most fun outside things your child can do is bike riding! Every boy needs to master the skill of riding bikes with friends. It accomplishes so many developmental tasks: balance, coordination, social skills, accomplishment, goal setting and confidence. Bike riding  builds neuronal pathways that will benefit him for…