How To Get Your Kids Interested In The Outdoors
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If you need some inspiration for family-friendly outdoor activities that can encourage your kids to spend more time in nature, take a look at our list of tips and ideas below. You may need to wait until the lockdown restrictions ease before trying some of these activities, but many of them don’t require more than a garden to start with.
There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors but where do you start when your kids prefer spending time inside the house? If the classic hikes and climbs don't seem to work, try taking their favourite indoor hobbies and interests outside.
Outdoor Photo Challenge
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If your kids are interested in photography or like challenges, a little photo competition can be a fun way to spend some time outside. Try coming up with a list of potential sceneries, plants, and objects that you would expect to find on your route. Then, ask your kids to take photos of as many of them as possible during the outing. After you get back, you can see who found the most photo opportunities from the list.
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Birdwatching is a great way to introduce the little animal lover of the family to the outdoors. You don't necessarily need any equipment to get started but it might be worth investing in a pair of binoculars and a bird guide book. Also, the RSPB website is a great resource for beginners.
Looking for craft ideas
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If arts and crafts are your kids' favourite past-time, they might enjoy looking for new ideas and inspiration from nature. Whether it involves finding cool views they might want to paint or searching for fallen leaves to press; the outdoors is full of creative opportunities. Check out this list from BuzzFeed for nature-inspired craft ideas.
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Whether your children like acting, filming, or creating scenes with their toys, moviemaking can be a fun way to motivate them to go outside. You can both film and edit footage on most smartphones now, so you don't even have to worry about buying expensive equipment. From producing original stories to re-enacting scenes from their favourite tv shows and filming TikTok dances; the possibilities are endless.
Geocaching is essentially a real-life treasure hunt that's fun for the whole family. The objective is to locate hidden containers called geocaches that can be found across the globe. All you have to do is download the free app to see the map of all the hidden locations near you, but sometimes there can be a puzzle or mystery that needs to be solved before you can find the exact location. Geocaches are usually waterproof containers that contain a logbook and a pen so that you can leave your name and date as proof of visit.
Discovering historical landmarks
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You don't always have to stray far from home to find historically significant places, monuments or buildings. If your kids are interested in history, you can do a bit of research into your local area and go out for a stroll to find some of the key places with compelling backstories.
About the Author:
Iida Ruokojärvi - Outdoor Expert
Iida grew up in Finland where she was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age. Snowboarding has become second nature to her despite now living in a less snowy part of the world. Since moving to the UK, she rediscovered her love for hiking and continues to explore the British mountains and beyond.