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The Parent's Guide to Encouraging Outdoor Fun With Your Kids




It seems like children are spending more time indoors compared to their parent’s generation. The problem is so widespread, in fact, that some researchers have coined the term nature-deficit disorder, which describes the negative consequences of neglecting time outdoors. But how can you encourage your children to develop a love of the great outdoors? These tips and resources from Happy Kids Family Day Care can help you find ways to enjoy nature as a family.


Outdoor Sports for Children


If you want to get your child interested in sports, there are a number of options to choose from. So, talk to your child and figure out what interests them. If they’re not sure, you can try a few different things to see what piques their interest.


● Plan some variations of the game of volleyball.

Engage your kids with three different types of basketball games.

● Play six different soccer games to help your little one’s skills to grow.


Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family


A great way to encourage your child to go outside is to go on an adventure with them! It can be stressful to find time in a busy schedule to go play, but try setting aside specific times as family time. And if you have outdoor tasks, like watering or tending the garden, let the kids come help. Spending time outdoors as a family will show them just how much fun it can be!


Consider going camping to help your kids learn about nature.

● Try some different outdoor activities like creating an ice block treasure hunt or creating an obstacle course.

● Choose a fun and educational activity out of these 130.

● Keep the fun going at night with a DIY fire pit. You can even roast marshmallows and make s’mores!

● Get outside together to ride bikes. Any time is a great time to help your kids become better riders, or learn for the first time. Go explore the neighbourhood together.



Top Tips for Outdoor Play


Naturally, you want your child to be safe when playing outdoors. So, make sure to create safe environments and know what are the dangers of outside play so you can avoid them.


Host a safe playdate for kids and bond with the parents.

Enjoy the outdoors and keep your kids safe by child-proofing against accidents.

● Know outdoor risks for your kids and prepare against those risks.

● If you have a pool, get it fenced off and teach your kids safe practices in and around the pool.


Teaching Children About the Natural World


Spending time outdoors is an excellent way for kids to experience everything nature has to offer. Instead of playing games or sports all the time, use the following resources to enrich their minds and expand their horizons!


Learn about plant identification and teach your kids how to identify various plants.

● Learn about some fun butterfly identification activities, as well!


These days, it’s easy for children to spend most of their free time watching TV or playing games on a tablet. As a parent, you can show your child just how much fun there is to be had outside. With these tips, you and your child will find a new appreciation for the natural world.


Happy Kids Family Day Care offers a warm, safe environment for your children. Questions? Please email mahappykids@gmail.com.





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