Fall is in full swing right now — and what a perfect time to be outside.
The weather is usually not too cold at this time, so why not take the family to a forest preserve to see the sights? Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and you have all the makings of a fantastic family picnic!
Check out these activities that you might want to try!
Plan a nature scavenger hunt. Make up a list of things that you might find on a trail. You can make the list as short or as long as you like. For example: a pinecone, a piece of bark, a spider web, a frog, mushrooms etc. Send participants out for 10-20 minutes (depending on the length of your list) to see what items they can find. Depending on the age of the children you can have the kids be on the “honor system,” extend the time for younger children or have mom, dad or older siblings help the younger ones. When the time is up, call them back. Whoever finds the most items on the list wins! Make sure to have a special little prize for the winner!
Watch the clouds! Lay back and just look at the clouds floating above. See what kind of shapes you can find. Is there one that looks like a face? a dog? a ship?
Play games. Remember the outside games you used to play in your childhood? Introduce these fun, active games to your children and have a blast! Some that come to mind are tag, jump rope, hide and seek, and red rover.