It is so common nowadays for your children to be trapped indoors thanks to the likes of smartphones, iPads, cartoons, and online video games. Here, we'll go over a few activities that you could suggest or arrange to encourage your indoor-playing children to start playing outside more – after all, it is summer time and it’s great to enjoy the little sunshine that we get!
Organise family picnics in the garden
Organising a family picnic for close friends and family to attend is a great way to get everyone outside and to enjoy the fresh air. Make sure that you have enough food for everyone, and you could even get decorating and ask the kids to get involved! From versatile outdoor lights, to furniture or even small decorations, try to give them some choice and responsibility to get them excited.
Take them on hikes/bike rides
With many great parks and trails across the UK waiting to be explored, getting out and about walking or biking is a great way to stay mentally and physically fit.
Teach them how to fly a kite
Not only is flying a kite fun and a memorable childhood activity for all of us – you could make it more special and host a family competition to create your own! Buy decorations and colour in your kite and then have a flying contest, after all who doesn’t like a bit of competition?
Take them to a farm to see the animals
Visiting a farm and learning about different types of animals is a great way to encourage your children to learn about the world around them, and it can also be really fascinating for both you and them! Many farms often have playgrounds and other activities that your children will enjoy.
Encourage them to invite their friends over to camp in the garden
These were always some of the best nights growing up, so why not invite your children’s friends over for a campout? Make sure you have stocked up on enough snacks and plan some activities to keep them out of trouble!
Encourage them to join an outdoor sport
Joining an outdoor sport is a great way for your child to make new friends, and become part of a team. Whether this be football, rugby or even golf – playing a sport is a great way to become more resilient, responsible and gives them goals that they can work towards each day.
Teach them how to plant their own garden
Learning to look after a plant and grow your own food is a great skill to develop, especially to encourage healthy eating and an interest in cooking. Why not grow your own vegetables and herbs to use in the kitchen?
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