I received free product and compensation from Claritin® to write this post. All opinions are my own.
It’s finally starting to feel like summer around here! The days have been sunny and warm, which means we’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors. Between sports, yard work, gardening, and walking the dog, we’ve been spending at least 1-2 hours outside each day. This makes me happy — literally!
Did you know that spending time outdoors can help make you feel happy? A recent survey commissioned by the makers of Claritin® found that spending just 20 minutes outside in nature can help make you feel happy. The survey also found that 97% of Americans surveyed find that spring is a great season to experience the simple joys that outdoor activities provide.
To encourage more Americans to spend time outdoors this spring, Claritin has launched the 20 Minutes of Spring Project. The idea behind it is simple — take a break from technology and spend at least 20 minutes a day outdoors to enjoy the simple joys, sights and sounds that the season brings.
If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join me in participating in the 20 Minutes of Spring Project. It’s fun and it’s a great way to get your family outdoors. Plus, if you get in the habit of spending time outside, it will become a normal everyday activity that you can carry on beyond spring and into summer!
20 Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids
Looking for some fun outdoor activities to get your kids moving this summer? Here are 20 ideas to get you started:
1. Have a Water Balloon Fight
2. Take a Bike Ride on a New Trail
3. Set Up a Stand & Sell Lemonade
4. Go Swimming at a Pool or Lake
5. Camp Out in the Backyard
6. Go Fishing
7. Draw on the Sidewalk with Chalk
8. Play at the Park
9. Run Through the Sprinklers
10. Take a Walk & Watch the Sunset
11. Cool Off at a Splash Park
12. Take a Hike
13. Blow Bubbles
14. Plant Flowers or a Garden
15. Have a Picnic at the Park
16. Do Yard Work for an Elderly Neighbor
17. Play Hopscotch or Tic-Tac-Toe with Chalk
18. Take a Nature Walk
19. Look at the Stars
20. Play Fetch with Your Dog
It’s always nice to breathe in fresh air and get some exercise, but it’s never fun to experience allergy symptoms. This time of year our allergies are really bad, especially when we spend time outdoors. Thankfully, we can count on Claritin to help alleviate our allergy symptoms so that we can enjoy all of our favorite outdoor activities!
Join the 20 Minutes of Spring Project
The 20 Minutes of Spring Project is a part of year two of a three year partnership between Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where Claritin has committed up to $500,000 to fund programming and create resources to help get kids outside.
In the first year, Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America developed the Play Breaks Guide, an outdoor activity resource, to help support staff at 4,300 Clubs in getting their local youth outside and keeping them active.
This year Claritin provided an Imagination Playground to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at PS 125 in Harlem, NYC to enable kids to get outside and enjoy nature. This playground equipment is particularly relevant, as 54 percent of those surveyed said their favorite childhood outdoor activities included playing at a playground or riding a bike.
How can you help?
It’s simple! Post a picture of your favorite family-friendly outdoor spring activity on Facebook or Instagram and tag both #Claritin and #20MinutesofSpring by June 21, 2018. Every post will trigger a $5 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (up to $50,000). To learn more go to Claritin.com/20MinutesofSpring.
What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?