Good weather is right around the corner and though it’s tempting to let the kids carry on learning all the dance moves from The Greatest Showman, it’s time to get them out of the house and into some fresh air.
But if your child is not so easily persuaded, how can you make outside activities tempting enough to pry them away from the Xbox and into the sandbox? We explore some creative ways to inspire children out of the house, ready to burn off some of that energy.
The benefits of exercise in the fresh air are well documented. Plenty of lifestyle bloggers tell us that we spend far more time inside than previous generations and this is for a number of reasons. One thing we can do is set a great example for our children by doing it ourselves. But if the promise of a game of football or a run with mum isn’t going to cut it then how do we inspire change?
Get a pet
A drastic measure? Maybe but the benefits of owning a dog are endless. While you have a companion, friend and company around the house, children have the opportunity to take on the responsibility of owning a pet including feeding and bathing and of course there’s the walking. If you’re lucky enough to have access to the countryside, then regular family walks will soon become a feature of your weekly activities. At the very least regular trips to the park will become a necessity and who doesn’t love swings and slides?
With the daily hustle and bustle of work, getting the kids ready for school and out the door, mealtimes and after school clubs, spending actual quality time together can be a rare thing.
Picking a sport or activity that you can do together regularly can be the perfect solution to get more exercise and strengthen those family bonds at the same time. Think cycling, karate, joining a netball team together. Anything where you can play and compete, while at the same time getting motivated to make it a regular habit.
Spark their interest
If your child loves painting, or animals or anything else with a passion think outside the box to develop that love and combine with it some non-screen time activities.
Plan a day out to Willows farm village for example and get some hands-on experience with animals or head to your local gallery for a young artist’s workshop.
Finding ways to get out of the house doesn’t have to involve just sitting in a park and it’s not just about increasing exercise and activity levels. Finding new and exciting ways to spend time together is the real benefit here.
Show your kids how much fun it can be to do something different for the first time and take up a new hobby or sport.
Make the most of the warmer weather and think creatively for some family fun time that will lead to lasting memories and great habits now and into the future.
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