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How can you encourage kids to enjoy the great outdoors?

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Posted on Sep 13, 2022, 2 p.m.

Many kids these days are glued to their screens, whether it’s a TV, computer, tablet or phone. It’s no wonder that many children don’t have a strong connection to nature. However, there are many benefits to spending time outdoors, including improved mental and physical health. Even a short walk in the fresh air can be beneficial, so it’s important to focus on quality over quantity if you’re trying to encourage your kids outside more often.

You should also lead by example and make spending time outside a family activity. If you take the time to explore nature with your kids, they will be more likely to develop a lifelong love of the outdoors. There are plenty of simple and fun ways to get your kids outside, even if you live in an urban area. Taking a walk in the park, flying a kite, or going for a bike ride are all great ways to enjoy the outdoors together. You can also try visiting a nearby farm or hiking trail. Exploring nature can be a great way to bond with your kids and create lasting memories.

Outdoor activities kids will love

If you’re looking for ways to encourage your kids to enjoy the great outdoors, here are a few ideas:

  • A nature hike

Taking your kids on nature hikes is a great way to get them interested in the world around them. It's a chance for them to explore and ask questions about the animals and plants they see. Kids are also more likely to retain information if they're able to experience it firsthand. Nature hikes also provide an opportunity for kids to burn off energy and get some exercise. And, of course, it's a great way to spend time together as a family. 

 

  • Gardening

Gardening is a great way to get kids interested in nature and the outdoors. It's also a great way to teach them about where food comes from and how to care for plants. One of the best ways to get kids interested in gardening is to let them choose what they want to grow. Whether it's flowers, vegetables, or herbs, letting them pick out their own plants will give them a sense of ownership and responsibility. You can also involve them in the planning process by helping them map out where their plants will go.

In addition to giving them a sense of responsibility, involving kids in the gardening process can also be a lot of fun. Let them help with tasks like watering, weeding, and harvesting. They'll love getting their hands dirty and seeing the fruits of their labour. And who knows, they might even develop a lifelong passion for gardening.

  • A beach trip

You can also head to the beach for a day of fun. Building sandcastles, swimming, and collecting shells are all great ways to spend an afternoon. For many people, the beach is synonymous with warm weather and sunny days. However, not all countries experience year-round sunshine. But even in cooler countries, such as the UK, the coastline offers a unique and exciting beach experience, even on cooler days – from the opportunity to explore tide pools and rock pools to the chance to build sandcastles and fly kites. And of course, no trip to the beach in the UK would be complete without a traditional fish and chips lunch. So don't let the weather deter you from fun outdoor activities

This article was provided by Hannah Williams blogger and health advocate, inspire your kids today.

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/16/uk-children-not-connected-nature-rspb

https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/wellness-benefits-great-outdoors

https://www.comparethemarket.com/life-insurance/content/joy-of-gardening/

https://blog.lowellschool.org/blog/outdoor-activities-for-the-family-in-all-types-of-weather

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