Updated: Jan 26
Everyone suffers when they spend more time inside than out in the big, wide world. Kids are especially prone to the unwelcome side effects of what some experts call nature-deficit disorder. To make sure that your children devote at least 30 minutes every day to soaking up the sun, here are some ideas from WoodsEdge Children's Center.
Explore and Enjoy
There are many opportunities for outdoor adventure—consider a variety of possibilities to find something that sparks your kids’ interests.
Fishing can be a lifelong activity and can be taught with a handful of simple steps.
With a few smart choices, mountain biking can be fun for the whole family.
Kids are often curious about wild edibles, so teach them what is safe.
Archery is a sport kids can enjoy both indoors and outdoors, plus it instills valuable skills like focus and discipline.
Hangin’ Around the Backyard
Even if you’re staying close to home, there are tons of fun and educational activities kids can enjoy.
Trampolines can be super entertaining, so long as kids know how to use them safely.
Doing outdoor chores can be a great way to get kids into nature, and they might even enjoy themselves!
Wildlife is loaded with intrigue for kids, just ensure they can observe safely.
Get Away, Naturally If you have the means to travel, there are many amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in nature.
Do a little hiking during your visit.
Trail Link will help you find trails closer to home.
There are campgrounds spread across the entire US.
If watersports attract your family, consider getting into kayaking.
Bike touring can also be big fun.
Bring along some appropriate toys and games so you never hear “I’m bored!”
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors with the kids. Whether you want to hit the trails mountain biking, plant a container garden, or experience sights and sounds far from home, the above links and resources can help. No matter what you choose to do, the important thing is that everyone puts down their devices and enjoys time together in the open air.
Turn to WoodsEdge Children's Center for tips and information that will help your family live happy and healthy lives.