The Welcoming Rays of the Sun: 5 Ways You Can Motivate Your Kids to Spend More Time Outside
Being outside is so beneficial to us as human beings, from absorbing the rays of the sun to running around
and getting the exercise we need, especially as children.
However, as a parent, you may already know the difficulties of trying to get your children outside, especially when competing against the entertainment value of computer games and computers.
To help you motivate your children to get outside to live a more balanced lifestyle, today we’re going to explore five of the best ways to inspire your children to spend more time in the Great Outdoors.
#1 -Spend Time with Your Kids
We know you have to work a lot, and you have a lot of jobs to do, but actually making the time to spend outside and playing with your kids is the best way to encourage them to get outside. Think about the last time you spent quality time with your children without screens?
Get outside and have a runaround!
#2 – Have Internet-Free Time
Every day or for a couple of hours a week, try turning the internet off and banning access to it completely, if only for a few hours. This is then dedicated time to spend with the family and with your kids and gives them the time to go outside and play without distractions.
#3 – Use Toys
Since you’re competing with computers and video games to get your children outside, you may find it a great idea to use equally entertaining toys or games to encourage outdoor activity. For example, a mini trampoline or rope swing could be a great way to get your kids excited about playing outdoors.
Something like a mini trampoline is also a great idea to get your children to exercise more, helping them live a balanced life!
#4 – Get Friends Round
Why not organize a playdate with your friends and their children for everyone to play together? You can catch up with the other parents and having children over is a great way for kids to motivate each other to get outside and play some games together.
You don’t even have to do this in your garden, you can do it in your local park, in some woods, near a lake, at the beach, or anywhere you want, or your children want. Get involved if you want as well and introduce some of
the games you played as kids!
#5 – Make It a Habit
As a family, make it into a habit where you go outside regularly. The more often you do it, the more of a habit it will become and the easier it will be for your children to get outside.
Aim for going for a walk somewhere, anywhere, at least once a week in order to make it easy for your children to love going outside.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get your children outside and motivate them to spend time in nature; you just need to make sure they are engaged in what they’re doing. The more engaged you can make it, the more they’ll love being outside.