nature scavenger hunt
Draw pictures of nature items in your yard, tape it to a bag with packing tape (fully covering the image with tape) and then send the kids outside with their bag & a dry erase marker. When they find an item they put it in the bag and cross it off the list. You should have 7 minutes to finish chapter 4 of that awesome book your reading. (You could also tape a sandwich bag to a gallon size bag and then have interchangeable nature scavenger hunt cards).