Guest Post by Jenny Hart
Summer is in full swing, and this year, it may look a little different. However, there are still plenty of ways to get your kids outside and away from their screens to get some fresh air and exercise. As you plan your summer vacations and family activities, consider these 8 tips for getting your kids outside:
- Find their interests
A successful outdoor activity starts with finding something your kids love to do. By spending some time getting to know your children’s unique personalities, you may be able to discover an activity or two that they really enjoy that gets them outside!
- Invite their friends along
Everything is more fun when you can do it with friends. If you want your kids to spend more time outside this summer, offer to invite their friends over for a pool party, some yard games or a barbecue bonfire.
- Go outside with them
Sometimes, all it takes to motivate your kids is to lead by example. Getting outside with your kids can show them that you believe time spent outdoors is important for the whole family, not just a way to keep them occupied for a few hours while you get some work done around the house. It’s also a great way to build your connection with your kids.
- Make up a fun game
Going outside can feel like a directionless activity if you don’t have something fun planned. Try coordinating a neighborhood kickball game, or plan a giant game of capture the flag, or even a water balloon fight. Making their time outside as eventful and fun as possible will ensure they’ll want to get back out there the next day.
- Go on a hike or a camping trip
If you want to get your kids outside while also spending quality time together, consider going on a hike on a nearby trail, or pack up a few camping items and spend the weekend in the woods together. There’s nothing like a campfire and a beautiful starry backdrop to appreciate the outdoors with the people you love.
- Find a sport they like
Summer is the perfect time of year to try out a new sport or outdoor activity. Talk to your kids about joining a summer softball league, a local soccer team or any other outdoor sport they enjoy. By getting them involved on a team, they’ll not only spend more time outside for practice and games, but they’ll also learn important skills like teamwork and healthy competition.
- Make getting outside a routine
Once you’ve found an activity that your kids find enjoyable, do your best to make it a regular part of your daily routine. You can even switch it up if they’re starting to get bored. Whatever you decide to do, getting outside every day can help your kids establish a regular appreciation for outdoor activities, hard work and a healthy balance of physical activity and screen time.
- Move daily activities outside when you can
If you’re still having trouble finding ways to get your kids outdoors this summer, try moving some of your regular activities outside. Eat lunch together on the patio, or spend some time reading or answering emails on the porch swing. Sometimes, just a change of scenery can spark a new appreciation for getting some fresh air and exercise.