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#12 – Go to the county fair {52 outdoor activities}

{52 outdoor activities} is a series featuring a unique idea for each week of the year to inspire you and your kids to get outside for some fun.

county fair I grew up in what we can call a more metropolitan area than where we live now.  When we went to the fair, it was crowded, there were lots of loud rides, and I don’t remember seeing any livestock except for the “world’s largest pig” that I paid $.50 to see with my friends when I was in 10th grade.

Now that I am raising my little family in the middle of nowhere, the fair is totally different.  Here in the country, the fair smells like cows, not like funnel cakes.  At the little county fair we went to last weekend, there were no rides.  There were antique tractors though.  It was nice to walk around on a cool, sunny morning and marvel at the animals that still seem exotic to me, but are not quite as fascinating to my children who have seen quite a bit of cows, chickens, and sheep in their brief lives.  Neither of them wanted the cows to be too close to them.  We did watch the FFA kids showing their cows, which seemed to be a lot of standing around while an announcer tried to make jokes about who was doing it best.

We like to hit the exhibits too.  Giant pumpkins!  Giant sunflowers!  Quilts!  Golf carts!  Bunnies! Tons and tons of grade school artwork.

Anyway, it was good times.  You should go to a fair too.

 

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#11 – Go flower picking {52 outdoor activities}

{52 outdoor activities} is a series featuring a unique idea for each week of the year to inspire you and your kids to get outside for some fun.clippersWhen I was visiting C’s classroom last week, I noticed the flower arranging tray and started thinking how much this would be  awesome activity for us at home.  So I gave her some clippers.

off to find moreAnd set her loose in the yard.  To find whatever flowers she liked.  She had to stop to examine all our vases and pick out which ones she would use.

the flowersSome of her selections.  We have a decent variety of flowers in our yard, but I guess you could also go flower picking in a more public area, if you were careful and considerate.

hydrangea bloom

Our hydrangea bushes are huge and full of blooms, so this one is in a vase on our kitchen table right now.

flower picking

First arrangement!  C took a lot of pride in finding locations around our house to display her blooms.  It would also be really nice to pick flowers and then share them with a neighbor.


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#10 Paint your sidewalk {52 outdoor activities}

{52 outdoor activities} is a series featuring a unique idea for each week of the year to inspire you and your kids to get outside for some fun.

C paints

Today was one of those days when we just needed something new to do.  I’d been thinking about an activity that would combine playing outside with art, so C and I mixed up some sidewalk chalk paint.  I got the recipe from Hammer and Thread.  Super easy – 2 Tbsp corn starch, 4 Tbsp (or 1/4 cup) water, and 6-8 drops food coloring.  We made blue, green, and pink.

C paints some more

It was really fun for all of us.  We had to stop to eat dinner, but we’re going to use up the rest of the paint tomorrow.  Don’t tell Dad, but we may paint some stuff besides the sidewalk…like the swingset, a tree, or the side of garage.

P paints

When we first started, I thought the paint was going to be too dull, but once it dries, it gets nicely bright and chalky.

a rose

C and I worked together on this rose – I did the stem and she did the flower.  This would also be really fun for a party – to paint sidewalks with images related to a theme or riddles or welcome messages for guests.