I’m sharing my favorite list of the best outdoor activities for kids, but first…
Did you read this article about how little time outside the average kid gets? Pretty sad right? If you haven’t read it – read it now. Seriously, just click the link. I’ll be here when you get back.
Read it? Good!
We need to get our kids outside more and consequently get them using their imaginations. I know it’s easy to hand them the iPad and to give in when they beg to play just five more minutes of Xbox but at what cost? But, we need to get them outside, and we need to get them playing.
Here are my 21 MUST DO and best outdoor activities for kids:
- Play in the grass.
- Play in puddles.
- Play with a ball.
- Play in the dirt.
- Play at the playground.
- Play with a friend.
- Play in the woods.
- Play in the garden.
- Play in the rocks.
- Play in a tree.
- Play in the mud.
- Play with a pet.
- Play in the snow.
- Play at the beach.
- Play with bugs.
- Play in the forest.
- Play with a stick.
- Play with a hose.
- Play loudly.
- Play alone.
- Play at the park.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Please, parents, we need to give our kids more time to play outside. I know I have thousands of posts with playful learning activities, but they are not meant to take the place of play. Our big kids need unstructured time too; being in elementary school may be intense, make time for play. No agendas, no tutorials to follow, just play outside.
The only directions to follow in this post are for parents. Here are the steps we all need to follow:
- Make time for your kids to play.
- Limit screen time. Yes, the fight over turning off that Xbox is worth it. However, I won’t give in if you don’t!
- Limit after-school activities so that your kids have time to play every day.
- Get them outside.
They might fuss about being bored, ignore it. Because, they will find a way to play; they are kids, it’s how they are wired, honestly.
I promise I will do my best to follow these steps too. We can do this!
With nicer weather soon to come down on us, make sure you follow me on Facebook for other outdoor activities to do this year.