5 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside
Guest Blogger: Heather of Our Kids Mom
When I was little, I remember begging to go outside to play with the neighborhood children the minute I was done with breakfast and wasn’t ready to settle down inside until the sun set after dinner. I would be exhausted, smelly, dirty and very happy.
I am now the mother of four ages 20, 15, 5 and 4. It’s interesting how different personalities dictate the types of activities they are interested in. Two of my four would prefer to stay inside and read, do crafts, watch TV, play video games etc. The other two want to climb trees, jump on the trampoline, see how many different ways they can ride a bike, dig in the dirt/sand and collect bugs.
It’s apparent that some children need the encouragement (or push) to head outside to explore, play and learn. Here are a few ideas to get your kids (and you!) outside:
- Play a group game: By teaching your children games from your childhood like Four Square, Red Rover, Capture the Flag, Kick the Can, Tag or Ghost in the Graveyard you are creating bonding time, memories and promoting physical activity all while enjoying yourself!
- Go on a scavenger hunt: Make a list of unique items that are a not easily found but can be found near your home. You can do this as a cooperative game or competitive game by setting a time limit and counting the items found by each group at the end.
- Nature Walk Bingo: Make a few Bingo charts with pictures of items you want them to keep an eye out for (e.g.. acorns, squirrels, a particular bird, fish etc.) and then take a nature walk!
- Picnic in the park: Bring a picnic lunch and let the kids run wild. This gives them the opportunity to interact with other kids and play on things they may not have a chance to play with otherwise, like the jungle gym or see-saw.
- Cloud watching: My kids and I like to lay in the grass and watch the clouds go by. We like to point out and identify funny and then watch how the clouds change as they move across the sky. This can be combined with picnic in the park!
This is just a handful of ideas to help get your non-adventurous kids outside and get their creative juices flowing. Once they start moving, soaking in the sun and watching nature their curiosity will take over and you may have to drag them back inside!