(Written by Sarah Hickens) If you are lucky to live in a house with a yard and you also have kids, sometimes it is hard to get them to appreciate the space that they have, preferring to sit in doors in front of the TV, computer or games console. Getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying forms of healthy exercise is essential in everybody’s long term health.
That is why it is important to encourage your children to engage in outdoor activities backyard activities for kids which are fun. The space that you have does limit what you can do, but you do not need vast open spaces to enjoy fun backyard activities for kids.
Even in a city environment there are things that you can do to keep the young ones outside and entertained such as;
- Mini Olympics
- Scavenger Hunt
- Take normal indoor activities outside
- Local Wildlife
- Outside Toys
Not all activities are suited to all environments so you need to plan in accordance with what you have and your local surroundings. Having a good imagination is a great help as well as thinking on the children’s level, as well as their personality, to help engage them fully and make sure they have a fun time whilst unknowingly getting good exercise in the fresh air.
- Keep them Moving or Keep them Thinking
A child running round laughing and shouting is a great way for them to exercise, so any activity you can come up with which involves a lot of activity will be a great way to tire the kids out. Games such as Football, Tennis, Badminton, Dodge Ball or even Tag is a great way to keep them moving about, Some of these do need some space so Badminton is perfect as all you need is two rackets and a shuttle cock as you can even play without a net for fun.
Alternatively you can also try and get them to use their minds and show their creative sides as well. You can take the entertainment outside to enjoy the sunshine such as painting and other hobby crafts. If you have a pavement or wall, an inexpensive pack of chalk is a good way for them to keep entertained whilst nurture their creative side, and the good thing is it will come off so will not leave a lasting mess. You could also organize a scavenger hunt of the local plants and wildlife, get the kids to draw pictures or take a photo with a phone and award points, this way they can enjoy the local nature and do not have to disturb it.
Most kids also have a bike, so you can take them out on a ride through your local area. If you are lucky enough to have a public park close by, then this is even better as there is usually plenty of space to play all of the games you may not have enough room for at home such as football as well as amenities such as pitches and tennis courts and maybe even a children’s play area with swings and a slide.
- For Larger Spaces and Budgets
If you have the space and also the money, you can get most things for your home that you would find in a park or children’s play area which include;
- Climbing Frames
- Wendy Houses
- Tennis and Badminton Nets
- Swimming Pool
Some of these do require quite a bit of space and also money, but if you do have the space and can afford some of the more expensive options, this can be a great way to encourage your child into sports and recreation. For example the Trampoline is something which is used to train in various sports and enables the user to practice jumps, flips and tumbles in the relative safety of not falling and injuring themselves.
Sports such as Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Diving, Gymnastics and Acrobatics to name just a few, all can utilize a trampoline to help practice all of the movements required within their respective sports. It is always advised though that if you do purchase something like a trampoline or a swimming pool, that you only let the children play on these when they are supervised as accident do happen.
Next time you want to get the kids out of the house or they complain they are bored, don’t just say “go play outside”, go out with them and help engage them in an activity that everyone can take part in. It is not only good exercise for them but for you also.
If you can get the child to love playing outside from an early age and let them become accustomed to making up their own new activities and games then you will help install in them a desire to be outside and be active. You may also enjoy it yourself, bouncing on a trampoline is quite fun you know!
About the author: This article was written by Sarah Hickens on behalf of Trampoline Warehouse. Trampoline Warehouse specialise in professional trampolines for all ages. Sarah is an active parent with a young son who she keeps entertained through a variety of activities and also a seasoned blogger who likes to share her ideas and experiences.
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