The most obvious benefit of outdoor activities is the mental health benefits that children get. These give children an escape from their stressful school and family life. The outdoors also offer an inspiring environment that can prove to be a strong source of motivation and creativity. The positive effects of the outdoors make it crucial that children get out of the house and enjoy these activities.
Summer is officially here, and the kids are on summer vacation till September, which can only mean one thing: it's time to take the kids
Whether you have children of your own or are responsible for someone else's this year, you'll want to find a way to get out in nature with them, spend quality time with them, and keep them from being bored!
But, this year, what eco-friendly pleasure can you have? Indeed, how can you strike a balance between fun and coronavirus restrictions?!
You still don't believe us? Let's have a look at it!
One of our top 10 eco-friendly activities to do this summer was to plant a tree, which you can do with your kids. Children are naturally intrigued about nature, therefore it's something you should do with them. If they see a tree, they'll want to know how it got there, how old it is, what it's named, how many leaves it has (I hope you're good at counting), and so on.
Nature is truly inspirational, and it never fails to pique a child's interest. So go ahead and read this guide on how to plant a tree, and then get started with your kids. Don't forget to give it a name!
Toy automobiles were one of my all-time favorite things as a youngster. In my parents' yard, my friend and I would draw lines with chalk. Then we'd each take ten toy cars, roll the die, and race them.
For example, we'd each choose a car with which to begin the race. I'd then roll the die. My car would move ahead one spot if it landed on "one" (rats). The die would then be rolled by my companion. If it fell on the number "six," he would advance six spaces (double rats).
And the beauty of putting a box of toy cars outside is that you can add a variety of natural props, such as twigs and stones, to create some rocky terrain. So. Much. Pleasure.
Racing toy vehicles can instill a competitive spirit in children, but it's crucial to remind them that it's not about winning, but about participating.
Unless you succeed. After that, it's all about winning.
Making our outdoor den is something else we'd like to do as youngsters. This served as a play area (also known as a house) and served as a hidden hangout for adults.
Of course, whether you're invited to your kids' den (or whether they'll let you in!) is entirely up to you. However, making a den can be a fun activity to do with your family. It's fantastic for connecting and learning, and it'll help your youngster connect with nature while also sparking their imagination.
And, hey, if it rains, your den could serve as an excellent storm shelter!
To learn more about constructing an outdoor den, click here.
Making sand volcanoes with the kids is a lot of fun in the summer if you can get to a beach. If you can't get to a beach, look for a sandpit nearby (or even invest in one of your own, jeez).
Are you stumped as to how to construct a sand volcano?
Fortunately, all you'll need is a bucket, baking soda, and vinegar to get started.
The use of lava is optional.
To learn more about how to make a sand volcano, click here.
I made my first (and, tragically, only) bird box in elementary school. It was very cool, and I'm pretty sure the bird box is still there, housing birds and watching births and such, even though we've since moved out of my childhood house. It's fantastic.
During the summer, building a bird box is a fun activity to do with your children. It's difficult, to be sure, but it's also an exciting and fulfilling undertaking that involves everyone. You can also color it afterward.
When it's finished, the real fun begins as you watch the birds make the box their home and raise their young (and, okay, make lots of noise).
Here's all you need to know about building a bird box.
Mud pies are a great way to spend a rainy day
When you were a kid, who didn't bake mud pies?
I also knew a kid who flung mud balls at other kids!
Jeez. I'm curious as to what happened to him.
Making mud pies is a great outdoor activity for kids for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the mud is incredibly squishy!
And, let's face it, children have an insatiable desire to set up their kitchen and cook for you! When they reach their teens, such helpfulness tends to fade away, which is sad.
Anyway, click here to discover how to make mud pies out of mud and water. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!
No, we don't suggest wasting a lot of water with a hose pipe. However, on a hot summer day, we propose having a fun water fight with your water pistols (if you have them) or sponge water bombs.
So, what exactly are sponge water bombs?
They aren't rocket science, but they are a little more difficult than soaking a sponge in water and throwing it at them!
You can learn how to make a sponge water bomb with an elastic band right here.