If you find yourself frustrated by your kids’ indoor habits, like spending all their time on social media and video games, provide them with fun and engaging alternatives. Maintain a positive outlook as you encourage your children to get outdoors with these kid-friendly hobbies—you may even find that you enjoy these activities yourself!
Skating and rollerblading are great ways to keep your kids physically active, especially if they’re not interested in riding bikes. Teaching young ones to skate or blade helps them improve their balance and coordination, and provides a unique means of transportation.
Plus, there are plenty of skaters and bladers who are active on social media. If your child’s favorite Youtuber does impressive tricks on their skates, encourage your kid to practice their own skills to become as good as that influencer.
Even simple things you can do indoors get an extra boost of fun when you transfer them to the backyard. Gather up some old linens and search your yard for sturdy sticks, then help your kids create a clubhouse in the yard.
Getting out into nature and incorporating the outdoors into their games will help your kids engage in imagination-based play instead of relying on technology for entertainment.
Do your kids love to search for hidden treasures? If you’ve ever caught them rifling through the couch for loose change, encourage that treasure-hunting spirit by investing in a kid-friendly metal detector.
As you search for the perfect detector, look for one that’s easy for beginners to use, preferably with an adjustable handle to accommodate a child’s shorter stature. The detector will add an extra sense of fun to your next nature walk or beach day.
If you find that your children love to get messy, give them an outlet. Enlist them to help you create a garden in your yard, and let them pick a few plants they want to nurture.
Do you have a budding chef in the family? Encourage them to build an herb or vegetable garden. If one of your kids is a young environmentalist, let them plant a bee garden to attract those little pollinators.
Want to encourage your kids to get outdoors? Lecturing them about their screen time can only do so much; provide them with healthy and inspiring hobbies as alternatives. Use these outdoorsy pastimes as an opportunity to get some fresh air yourself as you spend quality time with your children.