Lead your children on an adventure in the great outdoors, without leaving home
Pick some beautiful blooms and place them between two paper towels; close them up in a big book (like a dictionary) for a few weeks. Your kids can glue them onto construction paper to make cards and pictures. Learn more at preservedgardens.com.
The Nature Kaleidoscope Kit ($16; thespoonsisters.com) comes with dried flowers, gemstones, marbles, nature drawings, colored pencils and kaleidoscope parts. Use the items in the kit, or better yet, go outside and gather your own treasures.
Cultivate a garden together. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and squash are ideal to plant now for a fall harvest (if you live in the South, it will likely be too hot for plants to survive outdoors so start an indoor garden instead). The National Gardening Association’s Web site, garden.org, has more information.