Get Out The House (Jamaican Outdoor Activities For Your Kids)

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It’s Summer (duh!). And you and I both know that your kids are spending way too much time in front of the TV or the iPad. I know that you’re unhappy with that, but who are we fooling, it’s so hot outside that being indoors is considered heavenly.

The reality is that it’s always been hot. But strangely we don’t seem to remember the heat of summers gone. Even though we rub cocoa butter on scars that were created years ago from our own adventures in nature while scolding our children to go outside and play.

So, enjoy a few of my suggestions on what kids can do outside.

1. Play iSpy
2. Swing  (on an old tyre hanging from a tree limb)
3. Climb a tree
4. Use sidewalk chalk
5. Ride your bicycle (without training wheels, get ready to teach your kids)
6. Take a drive in a big yellow bus (sorry, but you’ll have to be involved)
7. Play with bubbles
8. Cloud gaze
9. Bird watch
10. Play 1 2 3 Red Light
11. Look for peenie wallies (evening time is perfect and of course the farther you are from the city you are is better)
12. Fly a kite (it may not be kite flying season but it’s been super windy)
13. Pick mangoes and then eat some
14. Read a book outside
15. Visit the parish library
16. Skip rope
17. Play board games on the verandah
18. Bounce marbles & play jacks
19. Jump hop scotch
20. Play ring games (Punchinello and Bull-In-The-Pen are two Jamaican favorites)
21. Make paper planes
22. Catch lizards (yes, they’ll need to get over that fear)
23. Visit a river
24. Make a slingshot and try using it (avoid being near to glass windows and of course other children)
25. Play Chinese Skip (please bring home lots of elastic bands)
26. Go to the beach
27. Wheel an old tyre around the yard
28. Roll in the grass (this is especially fun if you’re on a gentle slope)
29. Run wild
30. Play hide and seek

Go play too. It’s fun and a sure way to burn some calories.

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