If your little ones aren’t back to school yet, whether it be online or virtual, that day is quickly approaching. However, just because back to school time is here, that doesn’t mean those warm, summer play days are gone! Here are 5 ways to make the most of the next month or so of sunny, summer weather with the family.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors! Keep it simple and healthy by making sandwiches and cutting up fresh fruit and veggies. Our Green & Clean is one of the best ways to clean your produce before consuming!
If you’re wanting to make an entire afternoon out of it, pack up your picnic, grab some activities (kite, frisbee, toy car, jump rope, etc), and head to your local park! If your children are learning at-home virtually, you can squeeze in a picnic at lunchtime by eating in the backyard. Lay down a few blankets and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
There is nothing quite like an evening spent outdoors as the summer is rounding out. Those cooler evenings are great for a movie night in the backyard! Set up a laptop or go all out and invest in a blowup movie screen and projector that you could use for years to come. Pop popcorn, set up chairs or lay out blankets, and wear your comfiest PJ’s for a movie night under the stars.
Unfortunately, pesky bugs enjoy the cooler evening temperatures just as much as we do, but you can keep them at bay with our DEET free Jordan Essentials Bug Away Spray. For movie watchers 3+, it can be sprayed directly to skin, and younger children can use it on clothes or their surroundings (chairs and blankets).
While our summer days are dwindling, there is still time to squeeze in a few more trips to the pool. If you don’t have a local pool to visit, bring the water activities to the backyard! Hook up the sprinkler, pull out the Slip N Slide, or fill up water balloons! The options are endless!
Always protect skin with sunscreen when spending time in the sun, and afterwards cool and soothe skin with our Exclusive After Sun Soothing Spray and Aloe and Mango Cooling Gel. For sunburns, apply Skin Relief to help nourish skin. For the month of August, you can snag this amazing trio in our Joyful Jordan Box!
Get crafty and creative using items found right in your backyard. This can be an activity for the weekend, or you work it into your child’s at-home school routine! Here are some ways to use nature for an afternoon of crafting.
Challenge your little ones to find five different leaves throughout the yard and create leaf rubbings. Simply put leaves under a piece of paper and rub a crayon on top to leave a beautiful leaf impression! For older crafters, challenge them to do research and determine the leaf’s species.
After collecting your leaves from your leaf rubbings, you can then preserve them using Modge Podge. Lay down a piece of wax paper before beginning, and apply a liberal coat to your leaf. Allow it to dry before applying a second coat. Repeat on the other side, and allow it to dry overnight. These leaves can be framed and labeled, turned into garland, added to a leaf chandelier, and so much more!
Paint rocks! This is always a fun activity for all ages. After their rocks have dried, go for a walk, and leave them in hidden spaces for others to find.
Create beautiful nature crowns by using flowers and leaves found outside. Go for a walk around the block if you need more materials. Keep it simple by cutting a piece of construction paper to fit around your child’s head, and then glue the items directly on.
Spending time outside picking leaves and flowers can trigger allergies for many. If your family struggles with allergies, simply give your clothes and surrounding area a few sprays of our Allergy Blend Essential Oil Spray for relief to continue crafting the day away.
Get active and hike your local park trails or research a waterfall near you. While hiking, play a fun game of Eye Spy! For older hikers, snag a book about the local flora and fauna before your trek, and learn about your environment as you go. Don’t forget to pack snacks and lots of water!
After a day of hiking, you’re going to want to wash up afterwards. Our Cucumber Spa Polish and Activated Charcoal soap are a great duo for rinsing away the dirt and grime from an action packed day outdoors.
It’s important for children to spend time outside being active every single day! We understand that back to school can be busy, but always make an effort to slow down and enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your family.