Three ways to encourage outdoor play

Encouraging children to be active and play outdoors can be challenging. The problem arises from the fact that they’re comfortable indoors with their iPads, watching their favourite shows and eating snacks. Motivating children to be more active means taking them out of their comfort zone.

With the help of a rectangular trampoline or a 12ft trampoline and some innovation, you can encourage kids to be more active. Don’t think so? Take a look at the following tips.

Make it educational

It’s always a great idea to encourage kids to be more active by making it educational for them. If you hide the educational factor in a fun activity, you’ll have a better chance of sparking their interest and also being able to teach them something.

A good way that you can make things educational is by pointing out shapes around them, a circular pot, a rectangular trampoline, a triangular traffic cone and more will make kids learn shapes and also take interest in the shapes around them. You can also emphasize the textures of different leaves, tree bark, pine cones and more.

Get them outdoor gear

All kids love having special gear for a particular task. In school and at home, they already know that changing into their paint shirt means that it is time for an art class or changing into their pyjamas means that its bedtime or naptime.

So, if you’re going to take them outdoors, get them some special gear, such as a water bottle, a shiny bracelet or a jacket which they associate with being prepared for outdoors. Additionally, teach that if they are using something such as their bicycle, skateboard or the 12ft trampoline, they will need to wear safety gear first.

Make the outdoors fun again!

Kids love good scavenger hunts and during Easter, they love hunting outdoors to get all the candies and eggs they can find. You don’t have to make scavenger hunts only for holidays. Host a scavenger hunt seasonally, to teach kids more about the outdoors. You can also hide objects and make a pirate map with the treasure hidden. This sparks kid’s imagination, makes them explore outdoors and it is very rewarding for them as well. 

Author: Bec Simon

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.

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