mindful living, effortless style


Our Favorite Ways to Make Memories Outside

I’m having so much fun rounding up our best posts for you to peruse while I’m working away on the site’s redesign.  Today we’re covering our all time favorite outdoor activities.  Take a look at the list and find a few items to put on your summer bucket list before it’s too late.


1. Get Creative with Sidewalk Chalk – Grab some cheap sidewalk chalk, your camera phone, and ideas from this post and you’ll have at least an afternoon’s worth of playtime.  You’ll also have some super cute keepsakes when you’re done.

2. How to Have Fun Playing with Rocks – Ideas for ABC rocks, tattoo rocks and more.


3. Our Favorite Outdoor Toys – You guys went nuts over this water table when I initially posted on it.  Check out the post for links to the table plus another of our outdoor favorites for toddlers.
4. The Super-Sized-Mega-Big Post on Playing with Shadows – A bevy of ideas on how to play with your shadow.  My personal favorite is the photo story book featuring your child’s shadow.



5. Backyard Campout – The perfect introduction to camping activity for toddlers (and fun for big kids too.)



6. 10 Ways to Have Fun with Clouds – Start in the backyard cloud watching, then move inside with lots of follow up activities when you need to beat the heat.



7. Outdoor Activities for Families in Honor of Earth Day – If you need even more outdoor inspiration, check out this post for a few more ideas.  Actually, A LOT more ideas if you count the link to a list of 50 ways to explore nature in your own backyard.


That’s how we play outside, how about you?  What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?


P.S. Looking for more ways to simplify and save time so you can connect with your family? Follow these 3 steps:

1) Check out our "Save Your Spring" bundle: over 50 pages of 2015 daily/weekly/monthly planners, cleaning schedules, meal planners, kids’ routine charts, budgeting sheets and much more PLUS 84 pages of kid activities perfect for spring break!

Over 50 pages of organizational gold


2) Sign up for our newsletter:

sign up for the newsletter and get a free 6 week meal plan


3) Bookmark our famous Gift Guides for the next time you need the perfect kids' gift! (350+ detailed descriptions including age recommendations)

Our infamous kids' gift guides

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mama Moon August 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

This is a great list of ideas! Our little one is still too small for these activities but we’ll be trying these out next summer. :)


Lisa August 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

What fabulous ideas!


Mirjam August 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

I absolutely love your list, I’m going to try and have some photo fun today. :)


Theresa February 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I am SO IMPRESED with your website that I can not wait to see what is next not only for ideas for myself and the grandkids but to pass on to my daughter and daughter in laws. I always wanted to work while raising kids but put off re-entry into the work world until my kids had grown. Love seeing Moms being able to find a balance in todays busy world.
LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. CONGRATS and THANKS for those of us who get to beneifit.


Steph (MPMK Founder) February 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Thank so much for your kind words Theresa – I’m so happy to hear you’re finding our posts helpful :)


Leave a Comment