When we are parents, we have more responsibilities and we find ourselves in a continuous search for what is best for our children. The way a child spends their time is our concern and we have to take some action if we want to offer them a healthy environment. Because we are surrounded by technology, children found some other ways of playing and almost all of them include the use of certain high-tech devices. This habit is very unhealthy for the proper development of a child, so we have to encourage them to play outdoors. In this way, we will help them use their creativity, to become more social and to discover certain skills. Moreover, we can avoid some health problems like childhood obesity, reduced muscle development, and many others. If you are a parent, here is what you can do to encourage your child to love the outdoors.
Create a friendly and safe outdoor space
In case you have a backyard, a good idea is to get rid of all the unnecessary objects that only occupy the space. Then, be sure that your garden doesn’t have obstacles for your child and that they can play without having to avoid certain things. Create attractive tunnels or rooms and build small houses that offer them privacy while spending time with their friends. Buy all sorts of attractive games and play with them when you have the time.
If you live in an urban area you can still find a safe playground where you can take your kid. Make a habit from playing outdoors every day. Both you and your child can make new friends so there are benefits for you also.
Go for short hikes
Show your kids what a wonderful world we have and make short trips. They will discover the beauty of nature and how important it is to see new places. Don’t focus on the destination, but enjoy the journey itself and let them enjoy the nature in their own way. You can start by visiting the parks and gardens around your house and then take the children to a wilder destination. Little by little, they will learn to love the outdoors.
Let them have a great time
Outdoor play is the one that involves mud and a lot of dirty clothes. You can’t play outside only during the summer days. If you start bothering the child and interrupt their activity with your worries regarding how they should act outside, then you may inhibit their joy and desire of exploration. Keep the good clothes for special occasions and let them wear some old play-clothes. If they get dirty, then you should enjoy the moment, it means that they’re having a good time.