We often take for granted a part of our home that we pass through day in and day out. What part is that? It’s your front porch. If you have a medium to large front porch, think of it as an extension of your home where you can spend time with your family. You may be wondering what you could do on your porch.

It was easy for me to come up with a bunch of easy family activities you could do on your porch with your son, daughter, spouse, mom, dad, grandparent, neighbor, or friend. Now, don’t laugh when you read this list. Some activities will be more attractive to you than others. Some may even bring back memories of when you were a child.

Here are the first 37 things that came to mind, but I didn’t stop there. I have many more in my next articles. Some of these activities will work better if you have a small table on your porch. Keep in mind that the weather and lighting on your porch play a role in some of these activities.

Let’s go for it.

  1. Play a game of checkers, chess, cards, or any board game like scrabble or monopoly. They are all fun front porch classics.
  2. Read stories aloud to each other.
  3. Listen to some mysteries on the vintage radio when it’s dark outside.
  4. Write birthday cards for the next month.
  5. Work on a puzzle book together.
  6. Read the newspaper with your love.
  7. Listen to an audiobook together, maybe one chapter at a time.
  8. Plant an herb garden to place on your railing ledge.
  9. Make loop handles. Do you remember that as a child?
  10. Rock a baby in your porch rocker (you need a baby for this one!).
  11. Learn a foreign language together.
  12. Blow bubbles with a child. You can even make the bubble solution yourself.
  13. Draw with sidewalk chalk.
  14. Install a ceiling fan on your porch (a great project for an informed parent to teach an older child).
  15. Play jacks, tiddlywinks, or marbles (these can be fun, really!).
  16. Magic Tricks
  17. He plays a keyboard or guitar and sings some songs.
  18. Listen to hockey, basketball, baseball or soccer on your radio.
  19. Do a task together.
  20. Set up your telescope and identify stars, planets and UFOs.
  21. Browse the Internet, update your blog, answer questions in a forum.
  22. Talk on the phone with your grandmother or grandfather.
  23. Pour out your heart to each other on the porch swing.
  24. Fold the clothes. Folding clothes doesn’t have to be boring!
  25. Get yourself a cool paint by number and get going.
  26. Brainstorm ways to spruce up your porch to make it even more enjoyable.
  27. Hang on a porch swing with a friend.
  28. Identify birds and keep a birding journal.
  29. Assemble a puzzle. Make this into something that is easily transported around the house.
  30. Classify and organize your recipes.
  31. Cut out coupons, articles, or photos from newspapers and magazines.
  32. Make a stepping stone from a store-bought kit. Some include bright colored gems and letter templates to personalize your step.
  33. Build a wind chime and hang it on your porch.
  34. Paint small decorative birdhouses to decorate your porch.
  35. Host a book club meeting on your porch, complete with a few snacks like lemonade, cookies from the fridge, and popcorn.
  36. Get out your sketch pad and draw a picture of your front porch to hang in your house.
  37. Decorate your front door with a wreath, a basket, or some beautiful fresh, bright paint.

Your porch is a perfect little slice of heaven that you might be overlooking. It’s a great place to spend time outdoors with someone you love or alone. Even in this fancy, high-tech world where we’re constantly entertained by TV, videos, and game boxes, sometimes going back to basics is quite refreshing. Come up with your own reasons to spend time on your own front porch with your family. It could also improve the rest of your life.

Look for future articles from me with more fun things to do on your front porch.

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