Now that the weather is starting to improve and warm up in many areas, it’s time to start having your kids spend more time outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature and fresh air. However, if your kids have been used to being inside all winter, it can be a hard adjustment for them to want to be outside and give up some of their screen time or indoor playing.
To help make this transition a little easier, here are three ways to help your kids get more outdoor time each day.
Get Creative With Outdoor Play
One thing that can help your kids want to get outside more is to have something creative to do with their outdoor play.
Even if you have a lot of traditional outdoor toys, having some non-traditional toys that are brought outside can help your kids think more creatively about what they can do when spending time in their own backyard. By supplying things like buckets, various balls, chalk, and more, you can help your kids come up with their own games or activities to pass the time. And if they know that you’re fine with them getting dirty when playing outside, they might be more willing to spend their time outdoors for longer periods of the day.
Make Transitional Spaces
Sometimes, going straight outside from being inside for months and months can be a hard transition. One way you can make this easier is to create some transitional spaces for your children to play in.
If you have a patio or even a balcony attached to your home, you can encourage your kids to do some of their indoor activities in these areas. This will help them to get outside and into the sunlight and fresh air without feeling like they have to start all over with their play. There are so many indoor activities that can easily be done outside when your kids have a place to sit and be comfortable.
Experience More Of Nature
Getting outside doesn’t have to feel like a punishment for your kids or for you. There are plenty of fun things you can do outside as a family that you may not have experienced together before.
From disc golfing and exploring different playgrounds in your area to trying your hand at bird watching or learning how to make a kite or fish, there are so many things you can do together as a family that will distract your kids from focusing on the fact that they’re spending time in nature. In fact, these activities could prove to be some of your family’s favorites for years to come.
If you’re wanting your kids to be happy about spending more time outside each day, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you see how you can make this happen.