Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Benefits of Taking Your Child Outdoors
There are an unlimited number of benefits to being outdoors, especially for a parent of a school aged child. Many children participate in different after school activities like sports, but many children who do not, miss out on the advantages of being active.Children who are active are also healthier children. You do not even have to leave your own backyard to enjoy the outdoors. Just getting outside and moving around is a great way for your children to burn calories and stay in shape. There are a lot of different outdoor activities that will keep your children's interest while allowing them to be active. Swimming, basketball or volleyball are good choices along with just hiking or bike riding. These activities get your children outside and at the same time provides them with the greatest benefit of exercising.Start encouraging outdoor play at an early age and you could be helping your children develop a love for the outdoors. No matter what the ages are of your children, it is never too late to take them outside regularly to develop their interest in the outdoors. This could prepare your children for a lifetime of outdoor fun.The outdoors can be very educational and especially appealing to young children like toddlers, who love to explore. You can make your backyard a great place to learn all about nature. To assist you with your explorations, consider borrowing books and resource guides from the library to add learning and excitement to your outings. Books on bugs, plants, flowers, and birds could turn your outdoor activities into an unforgettable adventure.Depending on the age of your children, you may want to introduce additional backyard activities. Some activities or games may require purchasing equipment that might be expensive. You could look into low-cost alternatives in used sports equipment stores that will keep your expenses down. Try to offer a variety of activities based on the interests of your children and what would be age-appropriate.You can make your backyard a place that encourages outdoor activity and attracts other children. Outdoor activity is even more fun when it is shared with friends. Making play dates with other children is a great way to share the fun and continue to hold your child's interest in outdoor play. Using some creativity and imagination and organizing some outdoor family activities for the backyard will help to hold your children's interest in the outdoors. You can plan a backyard camp out or barbecue as a family. Encourage your children to help you organize the activity. This will help them learn responsibility and gain confidence while reinforcing their love of the outdoors.