This is a collaborative post.
These days, children tend to spend more time in front of a screen than they do playing outdoors. While technology has definitely enhanced our lives, there’s no denying it has also led to an increase in childhood obesity. Some experts even claim most children spend less time outdoors than prisoners do, a shocking yet very real problem.
If you’re trying to encourage your child to get outdoors and break away from technology, here you’ll discover some great fun activities which are sure to help.
It might not seem like a fun activity idea, but most children actually love helping in the garden. While gardening isn’t overly active, it’s still more physically demanding than sitting in front of a screen. Plus, it also encourages your child to spend more time outdoors, which often leads to them wanting to do even more things outside.
Why not help them create their own little garden? They’ll love watching their plants grow and also enjoy taking care of them. Here’s my post on getting started gardening with children or perhaps you’d like 40 ideas for outdoor activities.
If gardening doesn’t sound like something your child would enjoy, why not invest in a scooter? Even toddlers can get in on the action thanks to the mini scooters which are available through stores such as Skate Hut.
They can be ridden in the back garden, along the street or in your local park. Scooters are extremely fun for children and they provide hours of exercise.
A nature scavenger hunt
Another activity your child is sure to love is a nature scavenger hunt. You can print off a list of things your child needs to find. Include all kinds of things from nature such as leaves, twigs and even bugs. If you do decide to get them catching bugs, it’s a good idea to provide something they can keep them in until the end of the scavenger hunt.
Even the scavenger hunt itself is great fun, but you can also provide more of an incentive by offering a reward for completion of the hunt.
These are just a very small selection of fun outdoor activities which are guaranteed to get your child outside more. The key is to start taking your child outdoors every day, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. If you make it a habit, they’ll start to get used to being outdoors and even start asking to go out more. So, try out the activities above and encourage your child to be more active this summer.
How about extending the activity when you get in and make a garden picture.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. I was compensated for my time.