15 Minutes Outside

I recently read 15 Minutes Outside, 365 ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids by Rebecca P. Cohen.

Actually, I read it when it was 80 degrees outside back in March.

It was so easy to make sure my kids got outside everyday then. But now we’re back to chilly and windy and I tend to keep myself in the warmth of my house. So I pulled this book out again for some new ideas.

Being outside helps with our mood and our overall health, yet we tend to spend so much of our day inside. And I’ve also found that my children are much more creative when they aren’t allowed their normal indoor toys. They find buckets and sticks to make soup. They build cities in the sand box, and they roll their trucks down the hill.

The benefits are many as well. I find that when we ALL go outside (adults need to get out there too!) we get along better, we sleep better, and we’re also more productive later.

But sometimes I have a hard time giving my kids ideas on what they can do. Or what I can do for that matter. And this book has some creative options, one for each day of the year.

February’s #19 –  Dance Outside! (maybe we’ll move this one to May…..)

March’s #27- Compare your Shadows

May #4 – Give the Dog a Bath

June’s #14 – Build a Log Cabin with Sticks

She lists some wonderful options on learning more about nature and really showing the kids our surroundings.

On the days where we’ve been met with wonderful weather, we’ve played in the pool,

Outside activities for kids

spent the afternoon catching butterflies,

Outside activities for kids

made a city in the dirt,

Outside activities for kids

and played with dolls out on a beach towel.

Outside activities for kids

I look forward to trying some of her suggestions and plan on leaving this book out on my table so I notice it often enough to make use out of it.

What are your favorite things to do with your kids outside?

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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


  1. I have wanted to get that book. I need ideas mostly for the cooler months. I think that the warm summer months are just natural to get outside but in the early spring/fall/winter I don’t want to even think about being outside. 😉