Tips to encourage kids to play outdoors

Back in the old days you would always see children running around in the gardens, digging up the sand, fighting bugs and just messing around. However nowadays this sight is rather rare to witness, especially with the increased use of technology and social media. And so now getting kids outside in itself has become a challenge. So here are some tips to help you make this work. After all, staying indoors too much isn’t good for the body at all!

Bring out the toys

While there are things you could play with outside, children are more attached to their everyday toys that they play with indoors. So bring them out and encourage them to play with them outside. To make things more interesting you could build a sandbox just like one that they might be having in their playgroup at newton road and get them to build sandcastles or just let their imagination run wild!

Bring out the whole family

Playing outside by yourself is really boring! And that is why most of the times you find all of us practically glued to our phones playing with virtual people. So to encourage the children to play outside and have the entire family bond more, get the entire family out. Have a barbeque or just change the usual lunch setting to the outdoors. Who knows the change of scenery might even help the kids digest the veggies they hate, better!

Go beyond

Outdoors shouldn’t be limited to just your garden. It should be something more and this means you could include a trip to the beach, the park or even the local skate park. What matters here is that your child isn’t in front of a TV shooting people on the streets or jumping trains on the phone! So plan out a schedule where at least on the weekends you’ll be vising some place special outside and encouraging them to play outdoors!

Invite more people

Don’t limit the people you invite only to your family, but let your child bring along his or her friends as well and make it a play date outside! Try to plan out some fun games for them or bring out the toys they would need and just let them have their fun with their friends!

Let them do the outdoor chores

If you want your child to be more involved with the outdoors and do chores, then give them some that they need to be doing outside. You could ask them to wash the dog, sweep up the leaves, run to the boutique or bakery close by for something or even pluck some weeds. This way they are not limited to the indoors nor are they not doing chores. It’s a win win!

Try out some of the above with your child and encourage them to be more outside rather than turning in to couch potatoes before long!

 

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