With summer in full swing, parents are looking for new and exciting ways to keep students busy, without losing them to the constant temptation of mindless technology use.  The following apps allow individuals to utilize their tech instruments, while also being recommended by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) for encouraging outdoor activities.

  • Plum’s Photo Hunt: this free app, sponsored by PBS, is a great way to engage elementary-aged children and their parents in outdoor activity. Users are given a list of objects and observations that can be found in nature of which to take photos.  Finding things like signs of animal life, tiny things in nature and patterns found in nature gives children a sense of adventure while learning new exploratory skills and improving their observation skills.
  • Geocaching: Geocaching is a great family activity that inspires outdoor activity in conjunction with family time. The app gives users a list of GPS locations where others have stashed hidden treasures and provides hints and directions on locating it.  While geocaching is a great family activity, it is suggested that users always have adult supervision and is not recommended for individual use by children.

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