old tire + some rope = tire swing
grab an old blanket or sheet and set up under a shady tree. Lay back and let it unfold.....
we live on a sort of busy road, so the kids love making the big trucks honk (I'm sure my neighbors love it!)
plant some seeds and water 'em
pinecone birdfeeders w/ p.butter
(not just your basic sprinkler, think mud pits, dams, rivers).
Soapy water in a big rubbermaid bin with lots of cups, pots and pans, etc.
move an easel outside and paint away
start a compost pile
camp in the back yard
we're allowed to have open fires, so we dug a fire pit....maybe something like that where you live? Logs for benches
catching fireflies in old jars
slug hunting with flashlights
hanging laundry out to dry
early morning and late evening walks
"painting" with water
balance beam from an old board and two bricks
greet your mail carrier with a cold drink
make your own bubble mixture with dish detergent--come up with fun wands (coat hangers, straws?)
A hammock and a library card? Heaven!!
try to cook an egg on pavement?
build stuff out of sticks--tiny mock villages up to full size lean-tos depending on what you've got
Sometimes I'll just suggest we head out in the front yard and I'll plop a bunch of craft things on the steps with me: yarn, a box of toothpicks, craft sticks.....see what unfolds!
Oh! And trying to start fire w/ magnifying glass--so cool!
Check field guides out of the library (bugs, birds, flowers, etc.) and try to ID what's around you
Grab a towel and a big bowl of ice--head outside
Bury treasure in the backyard and exchange treasure maps
keep your lawn cut and your yard looking inviting. Put out chairs. Maybe a little table. Keep a pitcher of ice-cold water out. Bring out snacks on a tray. Plop down a few magazines, a deck of cards, and chill out! You're bound to have a wonderful time!