Monday, 25 March 2013

10 Safe and Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids

It’s a known fact that kids spend too much time glued to the TV, computer or video console.

Decades ago parents couldn’t get their kids to come indoors because there was too much
happening outside with kick-ball games, bicycle rodeos, mud pie making, relay races and more.

The warmer weather is almost here, so get ready to get the kids out of the house and moving.
Here are some safe ideas that encourage wholesome, family fun.

1. Have a scavenger hunt: Create a list of things around your home or neighborhood that
the kids can find and send them on a hunt. If you have more than one child, or your child
has friends over, you can make a contest out of it. First one back gets a prize!
2. Play in the sprinkler: Running through the sprinkler is great fun for little kids on a hot
day. You don’t have to worry about the water being too deep, and they love going back
and forth chasing or being chased by the spray.
3. Host relay races: Get a group of kids together and explain to them how the relay race
works. Set up a couple of teams and let the fun begin. This is a great way to work off
4. Play in the sandbox: A large box full of sand in the backyard is still a great play space
for kids. Just add pails, shovels and perhaps a plastic dump truck or two and let the fun
5. Have a backyard picnic: Instead of the usual lunch in the kitchen, pack a lunch and eat
it outside. Sitting on a blanket on the grass and eating lunch with the kids is a wonderful
way to spend some quality time with them.
6. Make fairy homes: Using natural things from around the backyard, the kids can build
little fairy homes. Once they get started, it might be hard to get them to stop.
7. Plant and tend a garden: Kids love planting seeds and watching the garden grow. You
may even get them to eat some of the vegetables they plant, especially if you show them
how to make some of the fantastic kid friendly recipes available online.
8. Make sidewalk art: Grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk, and let your budding artists
express themselves. Kids love drawing pictures on sidewalks and driveways. Blocking
off the driveway for safety is a smart idea if your kids choose to create their art work
9. Play hopscotch: As long as you have the sidewalk chalk out, you may as well draw
a hopscotch court and teach the kids how to play. It’s a popular playground game that
provides kids with fun as well as exercise.
10. Blow bubbles: Have you ever seen a kid encased in a giant bubble? There are all kinds
of bubble makers these days from the little round circle on a stick to the giant bubble
maker that can encase a child. Kids love making bubbles, chasing bubbles, watching
them dissolve and breaking them. Show older kids how to make homemade bubble
solution by mixing 1 part Dawn or Joy, 15 parts distilled water and ¼ part Karo syrup.

There are so many activities for kids to do outdoors. From playing backyard games like Red
Light, Green light to inventing a world of make pretend, encourage your kids to take advantage
of spending time outdoors.

Michelle LaRowe is the editor-in-chief of has been
helping families and nannies find each other since 1994. LaRowe is also the author of Nanny
to the Rescue!, Working Mom’s 411 and A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists. She was the 2004
International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year.