Catherine Graham: 10 Ways to Make Outdoor Play Happen
Many thanks to Catherine Graham for this guest post. Catherine is an expert in making sure that family adventures are positive experiences and runs Adventure Togs which sells outdoor gear for Active Families, Schools and Groups.
10 Ways to Make Outdoor Play Happen
- Create a nature trail. Print off a sheet of clues and a short quiz or wordsearch of what you will see on your walk. Collect leaves along the way and try to identify them when you get home or (even better) make pictures with them by gluing on recycled cardboard.
- Head to the beach. Collect shells, seaweed and count the crabs. Write your names in the sand and paddle in the sea.
- Go to your local park. Let them run around and simply play. Interaction with other children is an important part of their development.
- Play ball. Play catch or have a kick around on an open field. Always a favourite!
- Take a camera or binoculars. Let your children take some photos and they will love to show them off to their friends. Try some bird watching with a pair of (not too expensive) binoculars and introduce them to a new hobby.
- Get planting in the garden. Create a small plot for your youngsters to sow some lettuce or herbs and they can enjoy watching them grow. They are also more likely to eat it!
- Get on your bike. Enjoy a family cycle ride, take along a scooter, skateboard or roller blades! Check out the Sustrans network for some great cycle routes.
- Make it so much fun that they will ask to do it again and again! Fly a kite or take torches on an evening walk.
- Wear suitable outdoor clothing. Layer your kids with a fleece mid-layer and waterproof outer-layer in winter or UV protective clothing with high factor sunscreen on sunny days. Hats are always important (pick something bright and fun) and gloves for chilly days.
- Take a picnic. Kids can’t go far without being hungry or thirsty, so remember to pack some fruit and treats in addition to a water bottle.