We love this planet of ours, especially when it’s time to get outside. That may look a bit different these days, of course, so we’ve rounded up a few creative ideas from our team. Some are perfect for mothers with little ones, while others are perfect for just enjoying nature’s playground.
Ideas from the team
- yard games
- picnic (backyard/patio)
- zoom calls or meetings outside
- virtual fitness classes/working out outside
- backyard scavenger hunt
- playing in the creek with the kids
Tips from the team
Being outside is such a breath of fresh air. We have 2 kids we need to keep entertained so after a couple weeks we started getting creative. We started our own scavenger hunt on our bike rides. This helped my son (5) with his counting, observation skills, and spelling too! We would do how many butterflies can we find, what color flowers, then we started giving him 10 items he needed to find while we were bike riding. For Yard games, we started our version of American Ninja Warriors in our bike yard to include, a blow up pool, trampoline, and our play set. And to top it off a picnic outside… we did it on the trampoline and then looked at the clouds pointing out shapes or animals.
Gardening has SAVED me through COVID. I love the ‘new beginnings' side of it. I've dabbled in gardening for several years, but wanted to dive deeper this year, so I enrolled in Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine's Herbal Immersion course. The first section I hit was the gardening section so I could learn how to give seedlings their best start and grow vegetables, greens, and medicinal herbs to support my family's needs. My mind instantly calms and forgets EVERYTHING when I'm with my seeds/plants and have my hands in the dirt. It's been my saving grace throughout COVID and I'm very excited to see where my herbalism & gardening journey takes me!
Getting outside is always so refreshing whether it's to sit on the patio with a yummy snack/drink or a book or going for a walk in the neighborhood. It is always a great reset and forces you to take the time to unwind. I also love the virtual workout classes right now on my new patio which forces me to keep my routine.
We have been eating dinner in the back on the patio, it's a nice was to extend meals and have more family conversations. I've been taking long group Zoom calls outdoors, when weather allows, it's a good way to boost Vit D and get fresh air. We live near the wood and will take longer walks. The boys and I will challenge each other to find the coolest rock, stick and sometimes trash, haha. While wearing our swim shoes we will make a stop at the creek and hangout in there.
It's been really nice having zoom dates with friends and family – to connect, see them and catch up. I think I am connecting more with them now than pre-quarantine/ lockdown.
We've been biking along the beach and through Golden Gate Park and it is just glorious!!! It's been a great excuse to get outside / has been helping with anxiety / staying active / given us the feeling of having a plan/something to look forward to.
I adore plants. They have so many things to offer, beauty, medicinal benefits, colorful ingredients for your salads, and lots more. Taking the time each day to water the garden while feeling the sunshine on my skin and listening to the gentle chirp of the birds brings such a calmness to my day! It is so neat to see the little seeds grow into a powerful plant allies!
I have taken picnics at the parks that are open, in a socially distant fashion and those have been the highlight of my weekend! It is so nice to sit outside for hours, sometimes 4-5 hours just chatting, basking in the sun and eating yummy foods. I love to pick up my favorite salad and a boba, sit on a blanket and relax.
Making flowers crowns, it can be done with any wildflower, flowering weed or small stemmed planted flower, by simply knotting the stem of one onto the next stem – near base of the flower, continuing until you've created enough length to fit the crown of your head. Then finalizing by knotting the flower rope into a circle!