We know just how hard it can be to spend quality time outdoors. After all, it’s our job to be online! No matter where you work, however, it can be hard to motivate yourself to get outdoors after a long day, and as for kids? Getting them to turn off technology and go outside is even more of a struggle. Sometimes, it’s just easier to give in and let them play video games than endure the battle.
Recently, though, we learned an interesting fact – going outside can literally change your brain. That’s right, you heard me. Feeling depressed, bored, or just burnt out? Spending time outdoors has been proven to replace those feelings with higher levels of energy and creativity, resulting in a brain that is all-around happier and healthier.
And it doesn’t just work for adults! People of all ages can benefit from the positive side effects that come from simply being outside. Luckily, it’s that time of year when there’s plenty to do. Maybe you’re planning to build a flower tower or transform some old pallets into an epic backyard bench. Or, perhaps you just want to sun yourself and read a book. Either way, the kids are going to need something to keep them busy, and we have what is sure to be the perfect solution.
A DIY racetrack!
Bricks, stones, a few pine cones, and anything else you can find lying around the yard are all you need to turn a patch of lawn into a racetrack that is sure to keep kids entertained for hours.
The racetrack doesn’t have to be big – although it certainly can be.
There are no limits, other than your imagination! The dad above used a shovel to dig out the shape of a racetrack, then filled it with cement. If you don’t want something so permanent, however, the track could be made of bricks, stones, or simply dirt.
Cool accessories for the tracks, like cars and even dinosaurs, can be purchased cheaply at a thrift shop or dollar store.
Even though it’s technically for the kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings will all get a kick out of relaxing in the sun and watching them play.
Some people have pointed out that the yard surrounding the tracks will receive a lot of damage.
The family above avoided damage to grass by building their racetrack, complete with sandbox, in a mulched area. The plants they chose look hearty enough to withstand a stomp or two, but it’s also a good opportunity to teach kids to respect plant life.
But why stop with just a racetrack?
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