In an age where the television and internet often end up as kiddie entertainment, outdoor play and activities take a backseat. Change that and get your kids all revved up and excited about heading outdoors and have fun with these five simple yet completely kid-friendly outdoor activities, perfect for children of all ages.
1. Nature Walks and Runs
Take a nature walk to pick leaves, rocks or wildflowers or simply, kit out the kiddos for a fun run around the neighborhood spotting interesting trees or birds. Invigorating and fun, make this outdoor activity a part of your family entertainment routine and you’ll have healthier and happier kids in no time at all.
2. Water Play in the Lawn
The summer months are perfect for a splash of water play every now and then. My daughter and her cousins had a wonderful time splashing around with a hose and an inflatable swimming pool during their summer holidays. So, gather the hose pipes, buckets and put on the sprinklers. Let all the kids wear bathing or swimsuits and splash around till the sun comes down.
3. Yard or Lawn Games
Remember how much fun you used to have playing Tag or Blindman’s Bluff as a kid? Let your children experience the same excitement with simple outdoor games that can be played in the lawn or backyard. With toddlers and preschoolers, its real fun to play Catch the Ball or even toss a Frisbee.
4. Cycle or Skate
A pair of skates or a cycle can be a simple yet fun way to spend the evening outdoors. Cycling and skating are not only fun outdoor activities but also fantastic and inexpensive exercise options. Just ensure that the kids are wearing the proper clothes and gear for either of these outdoor activities.
5. Sporty Outdoor Activities
Sports doesn’t always have to be for after-school. All you need is a net to string across the yard, a couple of racquets, a tennis ball and you’re set. Spend a Sunday afternoon playing a game of badminton or tennis. Have a group of kids ready to play? Divide them into teams and play a game of basketball.
These fun outdoor activities are great to bond with your toddler or teen and get a dose of exercise as well. Breathe in the fresh air, take in the sights and sounds of nature and have fun the real, natural way. Make them a part of everyday family time and not only will you reduce television viewing, but also you will instill healthy habits and a relationship with Nature in your children.
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