These days, it’s not hard to notice how kids are spending almost all their time cooped up indoors. They spend hours in a classroom on school days and often make a beeline for their electronics as soon as they get home. So when does outdoor time figure in this routine? Almost never, in many households. Sadly, this disconnect from nature can have long-term repercussions on both physical and mental development, which is why parents shouldn’t turn a blind eye on the problem. Rather, it’s time for a concerted push toward outdoor learning opportunities, which are as fun as they are plenty. Here are some of the best resources courtesy of Kanika to help you get started at home and beyond.
Education in Nature
Nature is a great teacher. Take some time to try these fun and educational outdoor activities with your children.
- The Value of Outdoor Education and Healthy Child Development
- Learning in Springtime: 9 Outdoor Activities for Kids
- How to Make Hiking With Kids Fun
- 13 Must-Do Camping Activities for Kids
4 Tips When Mountain Biking With Your Child
- Family Beach Vacation (With Packing List!)
If tents and bike racks aren’t your thing, then maybe your kids would benefit from something close to home. From bird houses to tree swings to some educational fun with a garden trowel, these simple activities will keep your kids laughing — and learning — for hours!
- 9 Outdoor Play and Educational Opportunities for Kids Right in Your Own Backyard
- Backyard Adventures with Nature Playscapes
- 10 Gardening Projects for Kids
- Age-Appropriate Farm and Outside Chores
- Ready to Move to an Area with More Nature? Research Apartments in Nearby Stamford
In truth, as kids grow more and more addicted to technology, the less interested they are with nature and its inherent gifts and beauty. It falls on you as a parent to make sure that this slack connection does not become severed for good. It’s high time to introduce challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities at home and beyond. The long-term benefits will be worth it!
Guest post by Karen Weeks