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My kids are like most kids and they like to spend time on their devices. Life happens and as parents we get busy, yet still it’s very important to my husband and I that we encourage our kids to put down their devices.
Especially our youngest, she’s very intrigued by them and sees her parents and sisters on them, so she wants to play on them too. With her not in preschool yet we really don’t want to develop bad habits so we try to get outside as much as we can.Each day that my kids don’t have after school activities I try to encourage them to spend time outside. Often they pretend to be explorers and scientists but on the off occasion they can’t think of anything to do I try to encourage them with a few simple ideas.
5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Play Outside
- Get creative with play! Send your kids on a mission to find a new planet or explore a far away place.
- Give them things to do! Keep bikes, scooters, chalk and other age appropriate toys easily accessible. Don’t be afraid to get down there and play with them, half the fun of playing outside is playing together.
- Just add water! My kids love water and living here in southern California all we have to do is add water for plenty of outdoor fun.
- Explore the great outdoors! This is a favorite of ours daily, especially on weekends. Head to the beach, hike a local trail, just get outside it’s even better if the whole family gets to be involved.
- Take the indoors outside! This is great for little ones. Playing with playdoh, paint and other fun manipulative toys from inside can be a great way to spend time outdoors. This also makes your outdoor patio space an extension of your home.
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What are some ways you encourage your kids to get outside?
ⱡ SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fruits and Veggies More Matters® April 2016. Available at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/myplate-and-what-is-a-serving-of-fruits-and-vegetables