Get Your Kids Excited To Play Outside Again
Convincing your child to play outside is often much harder than it should be. If you need new ways to persuade them, our list is a good starting point.
Summer is halfway over, and you seem to be running out of ways to convince your kids to go outside and enjoy the nice weather—we know the feeling. Getting kids to do something that’s good for them is like pulling teeth. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a few ideas that you might not have tried yet for persuading them to get out there and soak up the sun. Without further ado, here’s our list of ways to get your kids excited to play outside again.
Give Their Outdoor Toys an Upgrade
Sometimes, the reason your kid won’t play outside anymore is that they’re bored with the toys they use out there. Many parents try to fix this by buying them new ones, which doesn’t always work and can be quite costly.
Instead, improve what they already have. It might still cost money, but it will be less expensive overall. A perfect example of this is to modify the kids’ electric ride-on. Upgrading them is surprisingly simple, and there are multiple things you can add or replace inside them.
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Send Them on a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are seriously underrated. We remember loving them as children, but our parents so rarely utilized them properly. If you take the time to design a truly engaging scavenger hunt, your kids are sure to get a kick out of it.
Plus, with the advancement of technology, you can do so much more with them these days. Some apps allow you to use a phone’s GPS to make your scavenger hunts even more exciting. Of course, you won’t want to send your kids too far away, depending on how old they are, but it’s a feature to consider.
Do Things Outside With Them
If your children are older, they might be at that angsty stage when they want nothing to do with you. However, younger kids are often willing and even eager to engage with you. Many children don’t want to go outside because they will be alone and bored. Going out there to play a game with them will make them more willing to do so.
You don’t even have to do the same thing they’re doing for this to work. If you are working in your garden, your kids might want to jump around the sprinkler while you watch. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even come over and take an interest in what you’re doing once they get tired. You don’t know until you try.
Bring Indoor Activities Outdoors
If all else fails in our list of ways to get your kids excited to play outside again, maybe you should find a way to let them do the things they love doing inside—just move them outside. If they have a Switch or tablet, tell them that they can play on it for an extra hour today if they do it out on the back porch. If there’s a way to set it up, you could even bring a TV out there and have a family movie night together in the backyard.
Whichever choice you decide to go with, be sure to put in the extra effort necessary to make it enjoyable for your kids. The more fun they have, the more likely they’ll be to do it again next time.