Keeping your children active is something that many parents struggle with. We all understand the importance of keeping kids active – not only is it beneficial for their health, but it has shown to be critical in their development and instilling healthy habits that will stay with them for life.
So of course you may be asking, what are some fun things that I can do with my kids outside to encourage this behavior? Here are some fun outside activities that are simple, imaginative and sure to be a hit!
- Have some fun doing yard work together, or even plant a garden. Young children love to help pull weeds, water plants and flowers with a tiny watering can. You can even get child sized rakes, shovels and lawn mowers. This is great exercise and fun for all.
- Play outside in the rain. Wear a raincoat, boots, and carry an umbrella as you and your child have fun splashing in the puddles and playing in the rain!
- Build your own camp site and adventure. Take some old sheets and drape them over low tree limbs or clothes lines. You can build your very own rustic town or camp site. Pretend you are living off the land while you fashion your tent, make your meal or sit around the campfire telling stories. This will get everyone’s imagination flowing.
- Kids love to wash cars! So why not have your very own car wash. Grab a bucket, sponge and hose and have some good clean fun!
- Go on a real safari right in your own back yard. You can dig for worms, hunt for grasshoppers, and more. Fashion some bug nets, gather some jars and let the safari begin. After you have collected all or your bugs, grab a book and see if you can identify them before you release them back into the wild!
- Teach your children about volunteering at an early age. You can volunteer at a local park by helping to clean it up, or volunteer at a senior citizens home and help plant some flowers.
- Outside games are always a hit. You can get some side-walk chalk and draw in the driveway or play hopscotch.
- Go on an “Imagination Walk“. You can have your child pick anywhere they’d like to go and then you both act it out. This encourages your child’s imagination and speech while having fun with you!
- Make some music together. You can have some great fun making some musical instruments and then have your very own outside concert in the back yard, or your very own back yard parade. Make it twice as fun and invite some neighbors and friends to join in on the musical fun.
Now that you have some ideas, you can probably think of a million other outside fun activities to do with your kids, use them to create a fun summer bucket list. There are lots more you can do even in the winter! So, get outside and have some fun.