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05. 04. 2019

Getting Kids Excited About Outdoor Activities

The generation of today's parents was the last one to grow up without internet in their pockets. As kids, in order to avoid house chores, they had to escape to the outside world. Going out was, actually, the only way how to fight boredom. But today's children have a powerful weapon: smartphones which allow them to enjoy an unlimited amount of fun in the comfort of their own rooms. We know as adults that outdoor activities are healthy not only for the body, but also for the mind. So how can we make our kids combine the pleasant with the useful without actually being pushy?

You need to start early

It’s a good idea to begin taking kids outside early on, because it’ll come natural to them in later years and you won’t have to force them. Especially if you come up with funny names for your outdoor activities. “Let’s go on a treasure hunt” definitely sounds better than “let’s go for a walk”. Even maths homework will be easier to write at a garden table than shut inside.Another thing to try is making trips a regular habit. Dedicate a time slot, for example Sunday afternoons. It might happen that the weather lets you down, but you can always go to a ZOO or toy museum, right?

Let’s face it: food is a deal-breaker

Of course we’re not telling you to bribe your kids with sweets, that would be a mistake. But having a picnic in the middle of a long hilltop hike to take a tasty break could prove to be the perfect motivation. You’ll see those little legs marching faster when you promise kids a nice reward.

Take kindly to smart devices

Children growing up in the modern era have a lot of contact with smartphones and tablets, so much so that it might be hard to get them off. But what if we tell you there’s a way to make it work? Download a picture app with flashcards and ask kids to take a picture of each corresponding tree or animal they see during the trip. Or get even more creative and prepare a small geocaching challenge. There are dozens of options at your fingertips.

Treat them as your equals

Make it a family council decision – what would you like to do today; the creepy castle, or a trip into the wilderness? Especially older children can give you some lip for making them do things by your rulebook. Letting your kids take the initiative is a smart solution even for you as parents. They will be happy they got an important role to play, and they will proudly lead the way if it’s a trip they planned themselves.

Invite a friend

No matter how old your kid is, it might be a decisive factor if you let them bring along a friend of theirs. It’s a boost of good mood, but it can also help in sparking a little bit of healthy competition, especially if you lend children your phone with a map or smart watch with a step-counting function.

But what if it starts to rain?

That’s a good thing! Children love it when it rains, so give them a pair of good shoes and let them play in puddles and catch raindrops on their tongue. And if your kid enjoys science experiments, try building little ships together and let them slide down the stream along the sidewalk. You can measure how much water levels have gone up in one hour. When the rain stops, don’t forget to a) find a rainbow, and b) dry off and put on warm clothes.

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