How to Get the Kids to Enjoy the Outdoors After Lockdown
Now that life is slowly starting to return to normal, it is so important to get the kids excited about finally spending time in the Great Outdoors again. Spending time outside is essential, especially for children, to benefit their physical and mental wellbeing. Here are a few different ways to get your kids excited about spending time outside!
Going for a bike ride with your kids is not only a great way to get some precious bonding time with them but it also has huge health benefits too. Cycling can not only boost confidence in your child, but it also can assist bone health and muscle strength too. If your child doesn’t cycle, teaching kids to ride a bicycle is such an important part of growing up. The linked blog from Velosurance explains what parents need to know when teaching kids to ride a bicycle. If you are buying your kids a bike, it is essential to protect it against thieves. Velosurance can offer you a free quote to insure your child’s bicycle.
You may live near a tennis court. If you do, then playing tennis or badminton is such a fun activity for you and your family. You can find plenty of cheap tennis sets if you aren’t sure that you will be using them very often. Racquet sports are also quite an easy activity for kids too, badminton especially, as it requires less strength than tennis does.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
A super fun activity for the kids is making a scavenger hunt. Say, for example, you choose to go for a walk in a forest, write a list of items that you are likely to see in that environment. You could write things like a green leaf, a squirrel, a bug, etc. There are existing scavenger hunt lists on the internet that you could print out at home to save yourself the trouble of writing the list yourself.
A guaranteed win with the kids is having a game of miniature golf. It is a great way to bond with the family too, everybody can get involved. It can actually be quite an educational experience for the kids too without them even realizing, as they will have to use math skills when working out the scores and use problem-solving/decision-making skills when playing.
A classic sport that the kids will love is soccer. A large open space is perfect for a game of soccer with the family. If you have young children, then you can purchase slightly smaller soccer balls or even inflatable light balls. If this is a hit with the kids, soccer clubs are a great way for them to make new friends and get some social interaction, which is something that there has been a huge lack of during the pandemic.
Making a slip-n-slide in your outdoor yard is a great way for the kids to be out in the sun and also burn off energy. Lay down a long sheet of tarp on a slight hill if possible, but it also works laid out flat too. Lay your garden hose to the top of the tarp to make a water flow going down the tarp, then let the kids go mad!
This may sound odd but introducing your child to a camera could be a great way to let them find out the beauty of nature for themselves. Similar to the scavenger hunt, you could ask them to take photos of different objects, or you could set them a challenge to see if they can find 10 interesting things to photograph so you are letting them decide for themselves. If you don’t trust your child with an expensive camera, you could purchase a kid-friendly camera. They are extremely child-friendly and may even encourage them to take photos more often. Even a camera phone is better than nothing!
If you are lucky enough to live in a place with a clear view of the sky, why not invest in a telescope and start stargazing with the family? You could set up a comfy seating area in the yard with blankets and pillows and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. There are so many apps you can download on your phone that can show you where different star constellations are in the sky that will definitely be a hit with the kids. If you live in a city and your view of stars is limited, you and your family can still enjoy looking closer at the moon through a telescope.
It is so important for kids to get used to being out in the fresh air again after so many months of restrictions. If they are nervous or feeling uneasy, perhaps you as the parent are feeling this way too, so try slowly introducing them back into normal life rather than throwing them in at the deep end.