Ideas for Summer Activities
This spring and summer, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is partnering with Colorado State Libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs of Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and many other organizations around Colorado to share a printable list called “20 Ideas for 20 Minutes Outside” — with fun, nature-break ideas for kids and their families to enjoy. Getting outside for 20 minutes is great for kids’ mental health, and this new list is full of easy outdoor activities that families can fit into their busy schedules and tight budgets. Please see the attached flyers.
- Kids really need to get out more. Kids today aren’t playing outside as much as they used to. In fact, on average, they only spend 4-7 minutes each day in unstructured play. Which is a problem, because playing outside is such an important part of a child’s development.
- 20 minutes outside works wonders. Research has shown that children who play outside are more creative, less aggressive, less stressed and even have reduced ADHD symptoms. Best of all, research shows that spending just 20 minutes outside has a remarkable effect on kids’ moods and well-being. Even if they’re just playing in the backyard or at a local park.
In addition, Mr. Santella has provided a list of possible activities to do with your child over Summer Break. Please see the attached flyer.