7 Ways to Get Kids More Active Outdoors
With the constant allure of electronics, it might be hard trying to get your child to spend time outdoors. But because spending time outdoors and being active is important, you should keep looking for ways to make the outdoors fun and inviting. Take a look below at 7 ways to get kids more active outdoors, so they can make the most of the environment around them, get exercise, and live healthier and happier lives. Here are 7 ideas to get you started.
1. Start in your own backyard.
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the great outdoors. Try camping out in your own backyard. Try cooking on an outdoor grill or fire. Try your hand at some nature crafts on a picnic table. Just walk out into your backyard and use it to try these activities and others. Start with these fun Pool Noodle Hurdles!
2. Visit local parks and nature centers.
Jump in the car and head to the local nature center or local park. This is a great way to explore, find hiking trails, swim, or use the play equipment. It is also a great way to meet others who are interested in the same activities. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.
3. Explore a variety of sports.
There are so many fun outdoor sports! Try swimming, running, volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, Frisbee, golf, putt putt, rowing, boating, camping, or one of the other many outdoor sports available to you. By exploring your options, you will be sure to find something that appeals to them.
4. Bring your pets along with you.
Playing outdoors and exploring outdoors can be more fun if you bring the family dog with you. This is a great way to keep the pet active while encouraging the child at the same time. If they make a great team, bring the family pet along!
5. Invite a friend to come.
Kids may be more apt to try something new if a friend is with them. Bring a friend along and try a new hiking trail, a new outdoor sport, or an outdoor craft. This is a great way to bond and build friendships while enjoying the outdoors more.
6. Tie electronics into your fun.
There are plenty of ways to use your electronics while being outdoors. Use Pandora to offer some music to your outdoor fun. Or, download apps to help you on your hike, to geocache, or to find outdoor activities near you that could prove interesting. If you are bringing your electronics outside just make sure you have a good protective case.
7. Let kids in on the planning.
Invite children to do their own research on what looks interesting to them. Invite them to help plan the perfect day outdoors and listen to their suggestions. This will let them feel like they matter and have some opinion in the matter. It will also help you plan activities that you know they will be interested in and receptive to.
Are you ready for your children to enjoy more healthy and active lifestyles? Give these 7 ways to get kids more active outdoors a chance and see what a difference they can make.
Amanda is a busy mom of 3 that is constantly on the lookout for shortcuts to add more happiness to the day. She loves creating recipes, printables, DIY, and sharing family fun tips with you.