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You should let your kids enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. The National Childbirth Trust notes that outdoor play helps your children to sleep better at night, develops their motor skills, encourages a healthy lifestyle, and helps them make new friends. However, sometimes, it can be difficult to motivate your kids to spend time outdoors — especially if they own gaming devices such as tablets and consoles. So, we have listed some of our top tips to help you encourage your kids to go outdoors and spend some time in nature.
Planning an educational nature walk is a great way to satisfy your child’s curious mind, while encouraging them to go outdoors. One activity that you can do during your nature walk is identifying the various flowers and insects that you encounter along the way. You can also play “I Spy” to keep them on their toes and be more mindful of what’s around them.
When going on your nature walks, make sure to pick a trail that suits your child physical fitness. If they’re at that age where they’re not really fond of walking long distances, it might be advisable to take a pushchair along with you. For the most part you will be able to use them on grassy terrain, luckily most modern prams like these are durable and can easily travel across bumpy ground. In addition, a pushchair can also provide the perfect gateway to your children enjoying the great outdoors as you introduce them to new environments. By having an educational nature walk with your child, you can simultaneously improve their mental and physical abilities.
Another way to motivate your child to go outdoors is by setting a playdate with other kids. Children are more willing to play outside if they’re accompanied by kids their own age. So, be sure to call up their friends from school or neighbours, and plan a fun-filled day for them. Don’t forget to pack snacks and refreshments so they have plenty of energy. In addition, ensure that your kids are wearing the right trainers to prevent any injuries. Moms Team advises that your child's trainers should have snug heels and have half-an-inch wiggle room so that they are comfortable. This ensures that they don't get any blisters, can move freely, and can focus on enjoying time with their friends.
Establishing the outdoors as family bonding time can motivate your children to play outside much more frequently. Through activities such as family camping trips or bike rides, you can help your child associate the outdoors with fun and positive family time. Aside from reaping the positive benefits of being in nature, your children can also have a better relationship with you and their siblings if you continue to have fun outdoors as a family. If you can’t go on a trip, you can still enjoy the outdoors as a family by playing outdoor games. The various garden toys on The Independent highlight how you have a ton of fun options, from the competitive Throw Throw Burrito board game to the fun giant Jenga blocks. These outdoor toys and games can promote healthy competition and strengthen the bond between you and your loved ones.
Learning how to be independent is a hard lesson to teach your kids. If you want them to have fun in nature while learning how to stand on their own two feet, you should enrol your kids in a summer camp. In our post ‘8 Ways Kids Build Confidence at Camps’ we mentioned how the child-centric environment of summer camps allows children to gain independence, create meaningful relationships with kids their own age, and even boost their self-esteem. In addition, a summer camp can also pull your child away from their gadgets and encourage them to appreciate the great outdoors.
To prepare them for summer camp, the list of equipment on Verywell Family highlights how you should pack gear that will protect them from natural elements, such as a insect repellent, sun screen, and durable swimwear.