The internet is full of complicated ideas: kid crafting, elaborate messy art projects, and sensory play ideas but honestly it’s always best to get back to basics. A simple classic outdoor activity that every kid must do is rolling down a grassy hill! It’s free, it’s fun and best of all, there’s no prep time.
If your children haven’t yet experienced the glorious sensation of speeding down the hill, eyes closed, laughing at their lack of control, there’s no time like present. Despite the focus of my blog on books and indoor learning play ideas, my kids and I spend many hours outside, especially in our beloved city park. My older son is mad for birding and the kids love to tote along their field bags full of goodies on our nature walks.
During the Columbus Day school holiday I took the boys to the park as usual. We climbed a hill to sit on a bench and they started whining about being bored and said they wanted to go home.
There was no way I was going to take them home so they could spend the rest of the day bickering! Looking down at the hill I realized they had never rolled down a hill! What?
They jumped at the suggestion and the next 45 minutes were spent rolling, smiling, and laughing. The boys actually cooperated instead of fighting! They actually thanked me for teaching them the joys of rolling down a hill! Thanked me!
When I finally said we did, indeed, needed to leave for lunch they didn’t want to leave. “Just a few more times,” they declared.
How could I refuse? After all, they were making memories.
Does it look like that had a good time? How often do your kids get out to do a little hill rolling?
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