Get Your Kids Outdoors This Winter
When it's cold and grey outside, it's always tempting to stay snuggled up on the sofa in your pyjamas with a mug of hot choccy in hand.
It's difficult enough for you to muster up the energy to step outdoors, let alone convince your little ones to do the same.
Most of us spend all week cooped up indoors, be it in the office or school classroom. That's why, when the weekend arrives, it's important to savour every sun-shining second and embrace the great outdoors! Spending time outside the house is good for the body and soul; not only does it promote a healthy lifestyle and ensure your little ones are keeping active, but it also helps strengthen family bonds (so long as you join in!).
The amount of time kids spend outdoors has halved in one generation, says The Wild Network, a UK-based project aiming to get more children outside. Not only that, just 20% of kids aged under 12 have a connection with nature. In an age of smartphones, tablets and game consoles, children are becoming less and less exposed to the great outdoors it's time to make a change.
So, if convincing your little one to shift from the sofa has proved a struggle in the past, try these tricks:
Make it fun!
If you want to get your kids excited about a wintry outing, then you need to make it fun! Ask your little ones what they want to do make a few suggestions and work together to draw up a list of activities.
How about a family mountain bike outing to a frosty forest, a wintertime nature trail or an evening toasting marshmallows around the campfire? Why not take a trip to Go Ape where you can monkey around in the trees and compete for who has the best Tarzan holler? And if it snows, then sledging, snow angels and a family snowball fight are all a must.
For more ideas why not check out ShareAdventure.co.uk - it's packed full of real-life adventures from families across the UK.
You can't sit there convincing your kids of the benefits of playing outdoors and not join in! This is a great opportunity to spend some fun, enriching family time with your little ones. Besides, making a snowman is great fun no matter how old you are.
Kids, like adults, have more fun when they share their experiences with others. So, if you've planned a bike ride or a trip to the local park, why not let your little one invite a couple of their friends along, too?
Let your kids know that, come Saturday, instead of completing 10 levels on their new video game they'll be tearing-up the trails on their mountain bikes (which, to us, sounds a lot more fun). Planning ahead will give them (and you) something to look forward to!
Don't forget to wrap up warm
OK, it's a bit of an obvious one to finish on. But, you don't want to cut short your outdoor adventure because your little one is moaning that they're wet and cold! Wrap-up warm, pack extra layers and a change of clothes, just in case. And if you plan to be out for a good few hours, why not pack a picnic and a flask of hot choccy?
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