In our last few blogs, we’ve discussed the dangers of nature deficit disorder and the benefits of spending more time in nature. Now it’s time to start combating the disorder and strategize about ways to get kids outside. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of fun outdoor activities for kids! Whether you’re on a family camping trip or at the local park, these outdoor activities are a great way to pry kids away from their video games and tablets so they can spend more time connecting with nature.
Birds are incredible creatures, and quietly appreciating them can make for a profound experience. Before you head to a local nature preserve or hiking trail with the kids, stop by the nearest library to find a book about different kinds of birds. Then grab your binoculars and sunscreen and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of bird-watching in the park.
2. Go on a scavenger hunt
On your next camping trip, start an adventure by creating a scavenger hunt! Have the kids go around in search of natural elements like pinecones, a wildflower, or river rocks. Whoever finds the most wins! This is a great way to get children to open their eyes to what’s around them and identify various types of trees and plants.
3. Hula hoops
Visiting local parks is a great opportunity to spend time in nature. On your next trip, bring hula hoops for your kids and start a contest to see who can go the longest without the hula hoop falling to the ground. This is a fun way for kids to stay active, and it doesn’t even feel like exercise!
4. Go on a hike
Plan a day trip and go on a hike with your kids to enjoy the amazing scenery of various nature trails. Hikes allow you take in everything nature has to offer and to really savor its beauty. Bring a lunch made using your portable kitchen, then enjoy eating while sitting on a rock in the sun without distractions.
5. Take a swim in the lake or ocean
Why go to a pool when there are beautiful lakes and oceans to enjoy? On a really hot day, pack up your beach things and head to your favorite water spot with the kids.
The weather is starting to warm up, so try any of these fun activities with your kids. A simple dose of nature is the best cure for nature deficit disorder and will put everyone in a good mood.