Staying at home is never easy especially if you don’t know how to play with your kids. What’s more when you have kids wandering all over the place while you are busy juggling work with chores. Many times, sending them off with their gadget or even off the yard.
I know the feeling very well. But we can turn this around by having a renewed approach to the situation. Spending a little time with your kids in outdoor activity is also fun. Not only that, playing outdoor activities with your kids can teach them life skills essential as they explore the outside world. It’s a bonding and learning all in one.
Here are more reasons why you should spend time playing outdoor activities to play with your kids.
1. Physical Activities
When babies are born, they are exposed to a new environment. And depending on the environment they are exposed too, they adopt skills as they grow. Intrinsically every baby is born with the ability to learn. A baby’s childhood development is very much characterized by the stages moving, from crawling to taking the first baby steps up, running, and jumping to many more complicated movements. These skills are essential in navigating the world. And learning these physical skills requires courage and encouragement.
With your help, you can help your kids develop these skills more easily. Make them appreciate the beauty of engaging in physical activities. Take time and have fun with teaching and playing with your kids.
2. Teach the Concept of Friendly Play
Playing with your kids can help you cultivate their manners and teach them values early on life. As they interact with other kids, they will carry on these values with them. As a parent, you have a great influence on your children. So take this opportunity to hone them into becoming better individuals in the future. While they are young take time to teach them values of good sportsmanship, honesty, and respect among many things. And you can do this while having fun and bonding with your kids.
3. Proper Nutrition for you Kids
Outdoor activities are a great way to reap the benefits of our nature. Whether it is the fresh breath of air or the exposure to the natural sunlight, you and your kids can have fun while taking in nutrients needed by your body. Exposure to sunlight makes our body absorb vital Vitamin D, an important component to having strong bones and teeth while keeping you away from harmful illnesses.
Compared with indoor games, outdoor activities also give more space to play, hence encouraging more activity for you and your kids. This will help build strong fitness, exert more energy, and burn more calories. It is a real win for you and your kids.
4. Encourage a Few Risks when doing the activity
At an early stage, you need to instill in your kids the importance of taking calculated risks. As much as you love and want your kids to be safe all the time, you can’t guard them 24/7. But you can teach them skills in dealing with the harsh environment. Outdoor games are a good avenue to practice survival skills with your kids. While you play with them, you can cultivate their independence, try challenging games, guide them to push their boundaries, and learn to take a good risk assessment. This, in turn, will help you become confident of your child, even if he/she is out of your direct supervision.
5. Expose the kids to Creative Skills
The outside environment is a great stimulant to kids’ creativity. Young kids are naturally creative and they need to opportunity to enhance their creative skills. They are not only good at imitating adults, but they are also very innovative and artistic. Tap into your kid’s creative imagination by exposing them to an outside environment and various objects. Do role-plays with your kids or help them build playhouses. Let them do the planning and designing and guide them along the way. You will be amazed at how smart your kid can be.
6. Appreciate Nature while playing
Outdoor games can make kids happier and calmer. Most kids nowadays have tablets and are hooked to online and digital games, these leads to build up energy due to long hours they spend sitting. Try to change this by going out with your kids. Bring them to parks or animal zoos. Let them learn the names of fruits, trees, and animals through actual exposures to them. When you build a habit of playing outdoor games with your kids, you will slowly make them appreciate nature. In turn, they will learn the value of taking care of their environment.
7. Establish an Unbreakable Bond with them
It is said that kids will mostly not remember the toys and other materials things you provided them, But they will remember the moments they spend with you. When you take time to spend with your kids, you’re not only investing bonds with your kids but a lifetime of good memories with them. They will grow to be confident people, able to face life, make meaningful connections with people, and are able to make positive decisions with their life. These unbreakable bonds and connections with your kids are what they will carry on as they progress in their life and eventually make their own families.
Venture Outdoors With Your Kids This Spring
So no matter how engaged you are with work, take time to be with your kids. Play with them while they are young, you only have this time. Before you know it, they will be grown up. Have fun while reaping the benefits of playing outdoor games with your kids.