These days children are spending less time outdoors, thanks to the rise of phones, tablets and streaming services. But with some simple tips, you can help to encourage them to have just as much fun outside as they do indoors. Keep on reading to find out how.
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1. Take the Technology Outdoors
If your children are glued to their games consoles and phones then why not find a way that allows them to enjoy these outside? If they have a smartphone, then it’s likely they have a great camera that they could use to take up nature photography. You could set challenges and a friendly competition and then why not even print and frame the best photos?
For a more unique day out, you could find an escape room based outdoors which is fun for the whole family. Geocaching is another great hobby you could discover together, which is a treasure hunt style game that uses GPS coordinates to find ‘caches’ at various spots.
2. Get Moving
Young children seemingly have unlimited resources of energy so what better way to use this than to exercise? The outdoors offers many opportunities to help make this exercise fun and enjoyable too. You could sign them up to a local sports team to help them develop their skills in their favourite sports. This is a great way to help them make new friends and improve their social skills at the same time. Or you could try something new as a family and take up a sport like padel, which is an easy game to learn and play.
But you don’t have to go far to partake in some regular exercise because gardens are a great location for this. You can find outdoor gym equipment online designed for children which will work on specific areas of their fitness. This should also help them to get into a routine with exercising which can continue as they grow up.
3. Discover Your Creative Side
By taking your arts and crafts ideas outside you will be able to get creative in ways that you can’t indoors. You could use chalks to draw on your brick walls to create murals or create games on the paving stones on the floor. And if you’re feeling brave, why not make some mud pies together too! Once the fun is over, you could use a garden hose to clean it all away or just wait for the rain to come.
4. Find Some Wildlife
Another fantastic way of getting your kids outside more is for them to interact with nature. You can take simple steps to make your garden more wildlife-friendly by adding bug hotels, birdhouses, bushes and birdbaths. You could then record all of the different animals you spot and tick them off your checklist.
5. Take the Inside Outside
One reason why you don’t spend so much time in your garden could be because everything you need is inside. By creating more of a comfortable setup outdoors you’ll be able to do more activities easily. And you don’t have to think outside of the box either, you can bring your regular tasks outdoors such as homework and hobbies. You could also eat outdoors too, which has many benefits for the whole family. But always remember to keep your little ones safe from the sun, whether this is with a sunhat, shade sail or sun cream.
6. Find Some Green Spaces
Whether you live in a city or a quiet village, it’s important to find time to let your children explore local green spots. Let out their wild sides by taking them to a woodland, lake, pond or park and roam the area together. If safe to do so, let them climb trees, build dens and feel completely immersed and connected with nature.
7. Add Some Fun to Your Garden
To help your children get outside daily, it’s a good idea to create an outdoor space they love in your own back garden. You could add some play equipment like a trampoline, climbing frame or swings. If you have a larger space, you could even create a sensory area with different plants and flowers which they can explore.
8. Get Some Green Fingers
Another way of getting your children involved with your garden is to get them planting and growing with you. You could visit the garden centre together to pick the next season’s produce and give them a section of your vegetable patch as their own responsibility. Watching their seeds grow and learning to care for their plants, will be a rewarding process and will result in some tasty homegrown food too.
9. Create Some Shelter
By adding some shelter and shade to your garden you can get more use from it throughout the year. Shade sails are a great option as they are a practical, effective and attractive addition to your garden too. They are particularly useful for keeping your family safe from the sun as most models can block up to 97% of harmful UV rays. The shade sail range at A&S Landscape offers something for everyone, with a wide choice of colours, sizes and styles.
Whether you have young children or older kids, you’ll always find a way to encourage them to get outside in the fresh air with these tips. From having a go at wildlife photography to taking up a new sport, there’s something for every member of the family.
Do your kids like to spend time outside?
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Your green spaee photo is gorgeous! I thought I’d try to get a bit of geocaching happening in the holidays, and maybe get my husband and son to try golf….can get harder and harder unfortunately. #KCACOLS
Karen. the next best thing to mummy.com says
great post. I am all for getting children to play outside#kcacols@_karendennis
Outside is our favorite. We are so thankful it is warmer now in MI! #KCACOLS
Nancy Moore says
We are hoping to do some gardening this year – although I don’t have green fingers at all. #KCACOLS
James Travis says
Some really great ideas, always important for children to get fresh air. Glad summer is on its way.
Going outside with a football always works for me X #kcacols
Great ideas, I really want to try geocaching one day! #KCACOLS
Jo (A Rose Tinted World) says
Some great ideas here Franca – hoping the weather gives us a summer now! #KCACOLS
A lot of great ideas here. I tried to get mine outside as much as possible from an early age so she’s kind of used to us going off on adventures. She loves her screens as much as anyone else but I’m pretty lucky that it’s never really been a hassle to get her to put them down and get some fresh air. It really is so important and good for the mood #KCACOLS
Since the pandemic first struck, we’ve become big fans of the outdoors. We were anyway, as a family, but you don’t appreciate it as much until you realise how vital it is. This is such a nice set of ideas. My daughter is now 15 and we recently played hopscotch for the full entertainment of our neighbours! On a sunny day, we like to take our table tennis outside into the garden too #KCACOLS
Dana, A Mamanista Life says
All fantastic ideas to get the kids outdoors and off the devices. I plan on spending a lot of time in the garden this year. #KCACOLS
Carly Belsey says
I love these ideas. I really need to get into gardening and potting plants myself so that my children can help me as that’s a great one.
lynn neal says
It’s great to encourage children in gardening because they learn so much without even realizing it!
Jeanette Leighton says
Great article my children love spending time outside i just we had a better garden
natalie s says
Such lovely ideas thank you for the tips
Tracy B says
Some great ideas, think it’s so important for children to get outside in the fresh air every day, luckily mine love being outdoors
Jade Page says
Some great ideas, I totally need to get moving! Having said that I am looking forward to some consistent weather so I can bring my inside outside. #KCACOLS
Its an absolute must for kids to spend time outside. What the nature teaches – no school will be every able to teach.