The best outdoor activities for kids
With May half term just around the corner you want to make sure that your children are going to be kept busy, and the best way to do that is to organise activities. In fairness though, any parent knows that coming up with an endless list of fun things for children to do during the holidays can turn into a real nightmare. Boredom can kick in faster than a speeding bullet, so it really does pay to have an ace up your sleeve. For all those parents out there frantically thinking about what they can do with their youngsters to keep them entertained, perhaps the following ideas will provide some ideas and inspiration. And remember, activities outdoors will make sure that your children not only get some exercise, but that they will be far more likely to be tired when they’re finished – and as any parent knows, tired can often mean quiet!
Go for a walk!
Sounds simple but sometimes simple things are just what the doctor ordered. Going for a walk in the countryside is a fantastic way to introduce children to the joys of the outdoors. Raising the idea might result in you being greeted with negative comments but stick with it – there are so many things you can actually do on a walk, from playing eye spy to enjoying nature trails. There is very little chance of children becoming bored if you use your imagination.
For parents and guardians that have a bit of time on their hands, organising a treasure hunt can be the perfect antidote to the holiday blues. You can do one around your garden if you have one, or even down at the local park. And there’s no need to hide treasure at every point – perhaps get the children to find certain objects like a particular variety of tree or a certain flower, and then write down the name on a piece of paper. While they’re busy on the early clues, you can sneak off to the final one and pop down a treat for them.
There’s no getting away from it, adventure playgrounds are fantastic fun for children of all ages. If you are lucky enough to have one nearby then it’s a sure fire way of keeping children entertained over a weekend or during a holiday. Not only will they have the chance to get some exercise, they are also likely to come into contact with other youngsters of their own age, which provides a great chance for them to further develop their social skills while they play.
A nature quiz can be incorporated into a huge number of activities, but whatever the setting, you can be sure that it will be fun and educational. Try it in your garden, down at the park, in a forest or by the seaside. The available options are endless and the only limiting factor is your imagination. Teaching children about the world they live in is vitally important. What’s more, it costs nothing but your time, yet can be worth so much.
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