Guest post from Kristin Louis, founder of the blog, Parenting With Kris. Fun fact: this is my first guest post, so thank you very much Kristin!
Spending time outdoors stimulates more senses than engaging in video games or television. It provides children with an opportunity to think creatively and come up with their own strategy for having fun. It increases confidence and can even help those with ADHD sharpen their concentration. These are just a few of the many benefits that come with spending time in the natural world. If you think it’s time to get your child outdoors more often, the following resources can help you start off on the right foot.
The Perks of Nature
Learn more about what the experts say about spending time in nature and what children are at risk for if they’re not outdoors.
Physical, Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Benefits of Outdoor Recreation
Children Spend Half the Time Playing Outside in Comparison to Their Parents
Spending Time as a Family Outside Is More Important Than Ever
Kids Who Spend More Time Outside Are Happier Adults, Science Says
Activities to Do with Your Child
One of the easiest ways to get your children interested in being outdoors is by offering up some fun activities.
Plan a Nature Scavenger Hunt with Your Tween
DIY Kids: Build Your Own Cornhole Set
9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime
Not only can playing sports keep your kids physically active, but sports can build self-confidence and social skills and improve your kids’ mental health.
Benefits of Cycling for Children: Bike Riding Is Good for Your Kid’s Health
How to Teach a Child to Inline Skate
Born to Run — Or Are They? Here’s a Guide to Kids and Running
Set Them Up for Success
For younger kiddos, the backyard is the perfect play area, while older kids will need the right gear to make outdoor play more enticing.
The Top 36 Backyard Playground Ideas
For Safety, Survey Local Fence Companies to Fence In Your Yard
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There are just too many benefits that come with spending time in the natural world for children (and parents) not to take advantage. Consider all the resources on this list for ideas on how your child can have fun outdoors and boost their health in the process. And if you engage in some of the activities with them, you will be a healthier and happier person as well!