We’re living in a world where the more technology we have, the more sedentary we are becoming. It’s not just the adults who have become sedentary, it’s the kids too. While previous generations could blame the TV or the GameBoy for this, the current generation has too many options. If it isn’t the iPad, it’s the smartphone, TV or the PlayStation.
However, let’s not forget the fact that most kids prefer to stay indoors because they don’t know the kind of activities they can indulge in when they are outside. Whether it’s jumping on an 8ft trampoline or a 14ft trampoline or they are just helping you with some gardening, the following are the top 7 outdoor activities for your kids!
Outdoor Activities for Your Kids:
Take the Dog for a Jog
Jogging and walking are great habits which exercise the entire body and help your kids explore the area a bit as well. This is particularly useful if you have just moved to a new locality. Additionally, you can also include the kids in your dogs daily walk times. Just take a long walk in the afternoon with your dog and the little ones in tow. The exercise is good for them and they will feel happier about the walk when they think they’re helping you out or the dog.
Learning to ride a bicycle is something that every adult remembers doing. So it is a good idea to make it part of your kid’s childhood too. Make sure that you also stress the importance of wearing the proper protective gear as well. Additionally, it doesn’t have to be just a bicycle. You can teach your kids how to ride a scooter, tricycle or even a skateboard outdoors. Just be sure to supervise them when they are outdoors to prevent any chances of injury.
Build an Obstacle Course
Kids love obstacle courses and climbing on things, as evidenced by their behavior on the jungle gym. It’s a great idea to build up an obstacle course in your backyard for your kid. Add a little challenge to it by incorporating an 8ft trampoline to the course. Just make sure that your kids can climb up easily and jump off it without hurting themselves. It’s a good idea to pick 8ft trampolines or 14ft trampolines because as your kid grows, they won’t outgrow the trampoline anytime soon.
Swimming in the Backyard
Not all backyards have a swimming pool but you can still add an inflatable one to your backyard. This can be perfect for teaching your kids how to play in the water and learn a few basic strokes. Once they are more familiarized with the concept of swimming, you can take them out to the local pool or even a private pool so that they can learn more about swimming. If you have an 8ft trampoline or a 14ft trampoline, you can easily use it as a diving board to jump into the pool. Be careful though since inflatable pools are usually shallow and not very deep.
It’s fun to add a basketball hoop to your backyard but if your kids are too small, the hoop will always be out of reach. Give them an advantage and make basketball fun for them by adding an 8ft trampoline or a 14ft trampoline. This makes the game more interesting, gives them an advantage and also means that you’ll get some amazing video and photo memories of your kids playing trampoline basketball outdoors.
Start a Water Balloon Fight!
Summertime and water balloons go hand in hand and a water balloon fight is best outdoors. Teach your kids how to fill up balloons with water. Then call their friends over and pick either end of your backyard. Take some time to build up a fort and start bombarding to your heart’s content. If you built up the obstacle course, it makes the perfect fort and you will be able to use the 8ft trampoline as a great way to water bomb above the fort’s walls. Just make sure that your kids don’t end up throwing the balloons at some unsuspecting passersby over the fence in this manner.
Reach for the Sky!
Another fun activity that you can try out is some trampoline jumping. This is a simple outdoor activity and you can easily set up an 8ft trampoline or a 14ft trampoline. Now, jump on the trampoline and see who gets to go highest. This is a great workout, builds balance, teaches coordination and can be turned into a physics lesson as well. Plus, just put some music on and you get to pretend that you’re at the jumping Olympics. Who will win the gold medal here?
With these top activities, you can make sure that your kids are spending time outdoors and bonding with you, their siblings, friends and their pets too.
Bec is a wife and mother of two who works part-time in the childcare industry. Bec has over 20 years in childcare and a real passion for helping children develop their motor skills. Being a busy mum, Bec is always looking for new outdoor activities to keep her and her family entertained and is a big fan of teaching children & how to use trampolines.