20 Outdoor and Indoor Family Fitness Ideas for Spring

20 outdoor and indoor family fitness ideas for spring

I’m so pleased to have my friend Caroline of Under God’s Mighty Hand here sharing a guest post about family fitness.  She’s got some fun outdoor and indoor ideas that I think you and your kids will enjoy.  – Kara

Winter offers its beauties, but by the time spring comes around, many of us are ready to burst out of doors and into glorious sunshine and green grass to stretch our formerly housebound legs.

Beyond the normal playground, tag, and bike activities, sometimes we need something new in our family fitness routines. Many of the ideas below are geared towards elementary ages (and parents) but can be modified to include younger and older ages. Most of these ideas use household objects or just yourselves and space.

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10 Family Fitness Ideas for Outdoors

1. Take a listening walk. If you haven’t read The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (HarperCollins, 1993), check out a copy and take a family walk, listening, observing, and learning from the world around you.

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Kiddin’ Around: third week of April

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Welcome to a new feature here on Simple Kids:  Kiddin’ Around, where I will share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved each week.

Right now my kids are ages 2, 5, 7, and 12.  Here’s what we’ve been up to this week and how we’ve been kiddin’ around:

Music: Grandpa’s 45s – we spent the weekend at my parents’ place for the Easter holiday and my Dad showed Jillian his collection of 45s.  It wasn’t long before we had two DJs spinning Lollipop, I’m a Mummy, Charlie Brown, and more for us on the record player and a little impromptu family dance party.  Who knew we had so many cool cats in our family? Some things span all generations, don’t they?

Watching: Arthur’s Outdoor Week – my son Max is a huge fan of Arthur (as was his sister Jillian before him) and he’s been really excited about the outdoor themed episodes this week.  His other favorite PBS Kids show is Wild Kratts.  Are you sensing a theme with this boy of mine? If you’re interested, you can catch the last day of Arthur’s Outdoor Week by checking your local television listing for the PBS station near you or you can head to the PBS Kids website here.

Very, Very Pinteresting – my kids and I are interested in trying out this Homemade Chalk Paint recipe, shared by Mandi of Life Your Way’s 8 year old daughter.

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An ABC Nature Quest for Spring

1 - Spring Nature WalkI’m so happy to have my friend Elizabeth of A Natural Nester here today sharing a fun nature activity for your kids to enjoy!

“Oooh, there’s a FEATHER! That’s F, right? Ffffeather.” My six-year-old, beginning reader beamed with pleasure over her “F” nature find.

Our hike hadn’t begun as a quest to find nature items that matched with the letters of the alphabet. It started as just a family hike along a trail at a local state park. We were searching for geocaches, and heading toward a canopy walk and 75-foot-tall lookout tower (we thought… that turned out to be a different path). So, we’d been hiking for quite some time, and we’d been sidetracked one-too-many times in search of a cache. My little one, and her little legs, was oh-so-tired. The whining began right as we turned around to head back. I knew she needed a distraction… and quick!

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“Let’s play a game,” I suggested. “We’re going to look for items in nature that match the letters of the alphabet.” She was intrigued, excited, and thankfully, fully distracted from her aching feet. We did our ABC nature quest a bit haphazard like, including items we’d already seen along the way and skipping around a bit alphabetically. Also, we simply kept it in our heads, rather than writing it down and keeping close track. But let me tell you, it saved our hike! When we reached the parking area, my daughter was happy and re-energized; ready to take the short trek (on the correct trail) to the lookout tower.

An ABC nature quest is ideal for young hikers. While my six year old needed the engagement to make it through our walk, my 9 year old found it equally fun. And the whole family pitched in to come up with creative finds for the tougher letters. My older daughter suggested quill for Q, and I offered up vernal pool for V when we came upon a large puddle in the woods. This discovery led to a discussion about what vernal pools are, what lives in them, and the purpose they serve in the environment.

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Feather Your Nest this Spring

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By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. And you know the idea of an instant library makes this mama’s inner nerd very, very happy!

You’re going to be hearing a lot about this special sale for the next week and there is a good reason for that:  this is a quality collection at an amazing price and it only happens one time per year.

I loved the books I purchased in the bundle sale last year (and only finished reading my way through the list a short time ago – there are enough titles in these bundles to keep you reading for a long time). I’m super excited about the books included in this year’s bundle, too!

Some of the books included this year are ebooks I already own and love and would heartily recommend to you – like Tsh’s homeschool planner and my friend Jamie’s Steady Days book as well as Real Food on a Real Budget which I have owned and used for years now.

There are a few new titles that I’m excited to purchase and read for the first time myself. There are some homeschooling ebooks included that I’m especially eager to get my hands on (I was going to list them and then I realized that it is all of them, ha ha!).

There are a few titles in the Motherhood section that are really speaking to my heart right now, especially Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae’s Desperate Mom’s ecourse.

Plus, there are some truly great bonuses this time around! Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

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I’m confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere — and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

Or, by popular demand, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. (Now that I’m a kindle convert for ebooks, this is the one that I’m planning to purchase).

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for six days. So grab yours before it’s gone!

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Little Passports 3 Month Subscription giveaway!

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That’s right! I have exclusive access to give away a 3 month trial to one of the coolest subscriptions in the land, Little Passports. Enter now and you could have your own subscription by the end of the month!

Our family has purchased the World traveler subscription and the USA subscription.  I’m also a Little Passports affiliate. We love this service at our house, so I’m especially excited for the chance to share it with you!

A Facebook giveaway

Little Passports is also hosting their own Facebook giveaway this week! Use this link below to sign up to win a 1 year Little Passports subscription and a Melissa & Doug Birthday Bundle. (That is $250 worth of goodies!) The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 25th.

If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don’t fret…There is one more week of giveaways to enter.


A SimpleKids.net giveaway

I’m hosting a giveaway here on the blog, too. One lucky SimpleKids.net reader will win a 3 month trial subscription to Little Passports.

To enter

Answer the following question in the comments below this post: If you and your kids could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This giveaway will end at midnight EST April 30, 2014.  The winner will be announced here on the blog.  The winner will have seven days to claim their prize. Good luck! Note: this service is available in the US only.  Thanks.