Frugal Ways to Bond with the Family Outdoors
It’s week two of the Strong Family Challenge and it’s time to try new things with the family outdoors. Yes, every family needs to spend time together enjoying the season and making memories.
What are your plans for this summer? Well, I just started planning mine and can’t wait for outdoor fun we have planned!
From hitting the beach, to walking in the park or just enjoying an ice cream, there’s so many outside activities to maintain and strengthen the family unit during this sizzling season.
Plus, this summer, I’m focusing on frugal fun. Let’s be real; making wonderful memories doesn’t have to cost a lot of money!
So take your Mom’s Summer Survival Guide, your calendar, and pen, and let’s start planning our outside fun!
A day at the beach/lake
Your eyes need to see the water and your feet want to touch the sand (at least mine do), and it’s time to plan that long-awaited visit to the beach or lake.
As you take each family member into consideration, remember that everyone has something valuable and important to contribute to planning the trip. Plan together snacks, entertainment and even beach games. The fun does not start on the water, but in your home as you plan your adventures.
And while you’re enjoying your time by the water, you can…
- Play volleyball
- Make a sand castle
- Bring your favorite book
- Plan games by the beach
- Have a photo shoot
- Look for and categorize sea shells
If you have a pool at your house, it’s time to clean it out and dive in. If you don’t have a pool, sprinklers are great fun too, and the cost is minimum for maximum enjoyment! Kids (and grown ups too) love the water in this season.
Other backyard fun includes:
- Playing outdoor ‘I Spy’
- In the sandbox (or large plastic tub), hide a variety of items and have kids go on a treasure hunt
- Have a BBQ and involve the kids with the preparations
- Take the board games outside and play
- Plan or create a Bible verse game (this helps to memorize the Bible)
- Make an obstacle course
- Have a movie night under the stars by making a giant movie screen. Here’s a great tutorial from Wholesome Mommy that will make this project a reality!
- Plant a garden or plants in pots
Have sweet treats & sweet conversations
Take a trip to the ice cream shop and buy a favorite ice cream/sweet treat for the family. Instead of taking the order to go, sit outside and have intentional conversation while enjoying a delicious treat.
Conversation is a great way to start strengthening your family bond this summer!
Create an atmosphere of trust and open the lines of communication with these easy conversation cards.
Download the printable here
Visit the park
The park is another fun frugal family activity and the activities are endless!
- Have a picnic
- Bring your bikes, skates, skateboards and get active
- Plan a schedule of games, including old favorites such as jump rope, hopscotch, and Simon Says.
- Camp (if possible)
- Take a walk or hike, contemplating nature and God’s creation. Read the Bible, and teach about nature through the Word
- Instruct your kids about the importance of and how to conserve nature
- Have a nature scavenger hunt
Visit a historical site
Visiting an historical site is a perfect activity for the family. Not only is it fun, it’s something you can do together to discover new things.
Is there a historical place near your home you can easily visit? Or is there a site in a nearby town or state you want to see? Education is a fabulous reason to take the family on a road trip!
Consider visiting your state capitol, and check out the National Registry of Historic Places for other must-see sites near you.
Let’s celebrate and give thanks to God for the seasons that He has given us to spend with our family. Let’s be intentional and take full advantage to unite, strengthen and grow the family in every opportunity we have.
What are your favorite outside summer activities?
How do you keep outside adventures frugal and affordable?
Congratulations to Maria Hass, the winner of last week’s Strong Family Challenge! Leave your comments below or on Facebook regarding your favorite way to bond with your family outdoors, and you could win a $25 Amazon gift card this week!
Tayrina is passionate for the Word of God. She loves to read and write. Sitting in quiet place with her Bible and some encouraging books it’s her favorite hobby. She’s the blogger behind TGAWrites and loves to connect and share faith every where she goes. Tayrina is married to her husband Jesus (3 years) and has a step son. She currently lives in Puerto Rico. You can find her at TGAWrites “Words of Comfort for your Heart” and A Tiny Mix Of, where she shares and mix faith & art.