Picnic Table Talk – Hop, Skip, Jump

This week’s ABC’s and 123’s Picnic Table Talk is devoted to keeping our bodies healthy.

There’s a number of things the kids do to keep active.

1. Play on the swing set.

My husband built this wooden swing set a few years ago with a friend of his for the kids. It was probably one of the best investments we made.


2. Riding bikes


3. Playing ball


Gee – it looks like I have a boy, but I don’t. We usually have an extra boy or two hanging out with the girls.

4. Running bases

Two neighbor boys’ dads also plays “running bases” with the kids: they will throw a baseball back and forth to each other while the kids running back and forth between two bases before they are tagged out.

5. Dog play!

Our puppy is a Shetland sheepdog puppy and one of the thing she needs to do is run. My middle daughter has taken to trying to race the puppy for a ball I throw to her. Funny thing is, the dog outruns my daughter!

Taking the dog for a walk.

6. Nature walks/Scavenger Hunts

In search of Spring

Color Walk

Scavenger Hunt – Shapes

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7 Responses to Picnic Table Talk – Hop, Skip, Jump

  1. branflakes says:

    My sons idea of running bases is to run around the entire house!

  2. growinginpeace says:

    That’s what the kids do in the winter time and can’t get outside much!

  3. Crystal says:

    fun games! Also your swingset looks like a lot of fun.

  4. Natalie says:

    Your swingset looks awesome. I wish we had a bigger backyard – I am still trying to convince my husband to use our loan and to build a play structure there, but he disagrees. He points out (correctly) that we have a park that is 5 minutes away from us that has swingsets and other structures. At least we have a playhouse that Anna dubbed “a castle”.

  5. growinginpeace says:

    Yeah, we have a playground too within walking distance too. The problem comes in during the summer when the older kids hang out at the park on the equipment and don’t let the younger kids pass by. So I was thrilled we got one at home.

    It is SOOO nice to be able to let the kids out in the backyard knowing I can see them from the kitchen window while I do dishes.

    And…it’s nice not having to pack snacks, water/drinks, etc and have easy access to the bathroom!

  6. Eva says:

    Neat, thanks for sharing the links to nature walk activities, I can’t wait to try them out 😀

  7. growinginpeace says:

    You’re welcome Eva. We sure had fun with it!

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