After spending almost the entire day at school, children need to spend some time with their parents. But when kids have been cooped up inside the classroom for hours, parents should make it a point to get their kids outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, enough sunshine and vitamin D cannot be ignored.
So, if you’re in the search for some ways to add more outdoor play to your weekday bonding moments with your children without breaking the bank, here are some fun activities that you and your kids will truly enjoy and learn from, regardless of their abilities:
Appreciate the beauty of nature
Spending special moments with your loved ones don’t always have to be grand and bold. If you’re blessed with pleasant weather, make the most of it by going out and relaxing under the sun. If you have a tent lying around, set it up outside and have your little ones help out. A simpler version would be draping a sheet over a tree or a clothesline that’s high enough in your backyard.
Once you’ve set up an outdoor tent, use it as ashelter where you can enjoy watching birds, observing the clouds, some yoga and stretching, while your children can have fun playing house. When thesun sets, then it’s time for some fun stargazing. This can also be the perfect opportunity to do some outdoor storytime to help develop your child’s love for reading.
Have fun with some outdoor toys
The perfect time to take your little ones’ hands from those video games and gadgets is to let them realize the fun in toys that are meant for the outdoors. Experienced playground designers in cities such as Brisbane make it a priority to build play areas where children can enjoy playing games other than monkey bars like frisbee, sidewalk chalk, water balloons, hula hoops, bubble wands, and other types of yard games.
Some games may have to be modified depending on your children’s needs so they can play them comfortably. This is also helpful for older guardians who are unable to bend over comfortably for hours.
Have a picnic for lunch
This might seem like a lot of work, but if you let your children help you out with the preparations, it can be a great way to teach them about planning ahead. For much younger children, you can make them count out the crackers or small fruits placed in the container. This may sound too simple, but it can actually help them develop their motor skills. If your children are a little older, they can do slightly more difficult tasks such as spreading peanut butter and jelly on the bread.
When you’ve prepared all the meals, take them outside, sit, and have fun some chit-chats. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to have it in your quiet backyard or invite some neighbors for some socialization. As long as it’s a fun change of scenery from your usual lunch routine, your children will surely enjoy it.
Spending time outdoors is important to the overall health and development of children. Follow these tips to make sure your child gets all the benefits.
This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.