Open Your Eyes

Sometimes the greatest fun can be had when we look at things in a different way. Whether we’re searching for something or changing our perspective, opening our eyes can show us new beauty and spark our imaginations.

START WITH A SCAVENGER HUNT

Challenge your family to be more observant with a scavenger hunt! Here are some ideas both in and out of your home:

PLAY THE UP CLOSE GAME

Have you ever seen something really magnified? It can be hard to figure out what it is. Try this with your family. Take a picture of something really really close up, so you can only see part of the item. Then challenge them to guess what it is! This game can be lots of fun with family and friends who don’t live with you, too.

USE YOUR IMAGINATION

Find new uses for household items. Perhaps that paper towel tube is now a sword, and you’re a knight defending his kingdom! Maybe that towel is really a cape, and you’re a superhero flying overhead. Challenge your family to come up with the most creative, interesting uses for items around your home. Then use them to roleplay a fun story together.

MAKE SOMETHING WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS

Gather a bunch of creating supplies. These can be recycled items, nature items, craft supplies, or building blocks – anything you have on hand that could be used to make something. Then make something! The idea, however, is to not have any kind of instructions or plans when you start building. Just see where the creative process takes you. To make it more of a challenge (and encourage less planning), set a timer. What can you build in 10 minutes? 5 minutes? 1 minute??

Once you’ve created your items, explain what they are to each other. You’d be amazed what simple items can become!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Ah, spring! Warmer weather, sunny days (sometimes, anyway!), and animals out of hibernation. Many times it feels like we’ve been hibernating, too, waiting for happier days to arrive and the pandemic to end. Fortunately with spring come more opportunities to get outside, get active, and enjoy the world around us.

Start a Garden

As the weather warms up, now is the perfect time to get a garden started. To keep things free, use these tips:

Take a Walk, Snag a Book

In addition to town libraries, Little Free Libraries have popped up in even greater quantities since the pandemic began. Take a walk in your neighborhood or other nearby areas and stop at one of these boxes. They are filled with free books to share. Take a book to add to your reading pile or add extra books from your own collection to the little library to share! To find a Little Free Library in your area (or an area you’d like to visit), head to their website. As an added bonus, you’ll be getting some exercise and enjoying the fresh air!

Enjoy an Event

As new events are added to the calendar, there seems to be a trend: activities are moving away from virtual and back to in-person. While most of these events are limited to outdoor options, it will be nice to see people in real life, rather than on a screen. To check out the latest additions, head to the Events calendar. Be sure to follow all mask and social distancing guidelines as indicated.

Head Outside

Don’t forget that the classics still apply: take a hike, head to a playground, or go for a walk. Enjoy the great outdoors and have fun with nature! Check out the tabs above for more ideas.