The culture that our children are growing up in nowadays is quite different from the seventies and eighties, or even from the nineties. Our definition of having a lot of fun back when we were younger is going outside and playing. But these days making our kids step out of the house and away from the WiFi coverage is starting to become a chore. But there is still a chance, a big one if your kid is still young, to make them want to go out every day. Here are ten great outdoor hobbies to try with them now.
1. Hula Hoop and Playing catch
It may be a good idea to ease them into doing stuff outdoors especially if our kids are really more of the indoorsy kind of child. They’re like vampires, hissing at the sight and feel of the sunlight, so take it slow.
Let’s try activities that require less physical effort and skill. Hula hoop is a good first-time outdoor activity for girls, they kind of have the knack for it. Our boys can try playing catch, not with a baseball and mitt right away, or a frisbee.
2. Use the sky, day or night
Stargazing is an educational and intimate type of a hobby that we can do with kids. Set up a tent outside on a clear star-riddled night, lie down side by side, and start looking at the sky. Teach the kids the common constellations, how to catch a falling star and whisper a quick wish, and just talk about anything under the glimmering stars. In the daytime we can still do it, same scenario but cloud watching this time.
3. Playground fun
Taking walks to the park is a nice pastime and a good way to enjoy fresh air, but let’s try to make it more than that for the kids.
Let’s have them looking forward to a nice afternoon or morning walk that leads to their pot of gold at the end, a nice big playground in the park. It’s a great way to get them off their butts and outside the house, and also an opportunity to make new friends. Playgrounds are made for children, but let’s not let our guard down. Keep a close eye or join them while they play and don’t forget snacks and refreshments.