It's nice out: let's play!

It's nice out: let's play!
Summer is short! But here’s a look at some simple activities you can do to make the most of the nice weather.

Summer is short! But here’s a look at some simple and original activities you can do to make the most of the nice weather with your child.

0 to 12 months

Airplane

In the yard or at the park, play airplane with your child by walking and holding him out like an airplane (his face towards the ground, his chest, tummy and head supported by your arms). Move around, rocking him and commenting on what he can see.

Massage ball

Place your baby on a blanket and roll a beach ball gently over his tummy, legs and arms. Then place him on his tummy and roll the ball over his back. Cheer him on if he tries to catch the ball.

Bubble chase

When your baby is able to stay seated, sit on the grass with him and blow soap bubbles. You can encourage him to touch them and cheer him on when he does. If your child can walk, ask him to try to catch the bubbles.

1 to 3 years

Scarf chase

Hang a scarf from the back of your child’s shorts or pants. Run after him to remove the scarf. Then switch roles. You can also pair the scarf game with hide-and-seek. When you find your child’s hiding place, he has to run from you so you can’t take his scarf.

Fossil hunt

Hide animal figurines (or other) in a sandbox. Give your child some shovels, spoons or plastic cups and tell him to dig to find the animals.

Colour projections

Painting outside makes less of a mess! Place a large sheet of white cardboard on the ground, a small bucket of water, some coloured paints and a paintbrush. Shake the paintbrush over the sheet to create an abstract masterpiece of colourful paint splashes.

3 to 5 years

Glow bowling

Insert glowsticks (sold at dollar stores) into plastic bottles filled with a bit of water (to help them stand up). Play bowling outside at twilight.

Crazy hopscotch

Draw a hopscotch game on the ground with chalk. First play normally, then invent new rules. For example, play clapping your hands, balancing an object on your head, with your two arms out or stopping on a square and staying on one foot as long as possible.

Natural artwork

Ask your child to make a craft using things he finds in nature. First, go off together around the neighbourhood to find blades of grass, rocks, leaves, flowers, pinecones, twigs, acorns and so forth. Then arrange the objects collected to make a mandala, a house, a flower or any other creation.

Many thanks to Manon Lavoie,

Creativity Coach from M comme Muses.