5 Ways Kids Can Enjoy Outdoors
Back in the early 90’s I could have lived outside if my parents allowed it. When we moved to Westport, we had almost 3 acres of pure fun! The yard was just so large that the first thing my father did was buy a ride on lawn mower. Those were the carefree days that I loved and so miss!
Now, my three kiddos can surely enjoy Grammy’s yard when they go over, but our back yard is way smaller. We pretty much have the perfect patch of grass and a yard big enough to explore, but small enough to easily manage with a push mower. My son is almost 5 and enjoys every moment spent outdoors.
That is why it is my hope that I teach my kids ways to enjoy the outdoors. I want them to have as much un-plugged fun outdoors as I did exploring our great earth. Even though they may come in with grass stains and mud, I know it is a part of the enjoyment of being a kid.
Ok, so I might be taking this back to the 80’s or 90’s for some, but here are 5 Ways Kids Can Enjoy Outdoors:
Hunt for Bugs
When my sun received some super cool magnifying glasses from a family member he was all about looking at bugs up close and personal. Flipping rocks to find little slugs and beetles is his specialty. Sometimes, he even gets his bug box out to make little homes for the ants and less scary creatures. Getting your kids use to bugs as kids help to prevent phobias.
Ok, so this one is kind of hilarious. My son is such a little pleaser. He spends so much time outdoors picking the perfect little weeds he sees as flowers for me to display in vases. This keeps him busy for hours. He is especially helpful at plucking flower bed weeds. I know growing up, weeding was a chore I helped out with and it helped to grow my love for all things plants.
Bring a Toy Buddy Out to Play
Lately, my son has been all about his dragon toys. I know when I was little it was always fun to bring my dolls outdoors with me. It gave me a sense of comfort and made me want to play outside longer. Kids can enjoy a lunch with their favorite toy friend too!
If your child does not own a sandbox, the next best thing to play in is the dirt. My kids are just as attracted to dirt as I am a pretty cupcake. Dirt finds them, and I have given up on trying to keep them tidy. Let your kids safely play in the mud because one day they will be all grown up.
Play Chase (with them)
Ok, so I am really dating myself here, but when my kids have play-dates the first thing they do is play tag or chase. Our yard is loaded with soft, plush grass so even if they fall they will not get hurt. Sometimes we even join in and the inner child in all of us comes out.
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