As everyone soaks up the warm weather and seeks to maximize playtime as much as possible, you might be wondering what outdoor activities you should consider doing with your kids. Of course, it’s highly likely your kids love being outside, and are eager to have fun after all those months of being confined to the house. To help you out, here are the top five outdoor activities you can do with your kids to have fun safely.
Biking is one of the best family activities for kids and adults of all ages. It’s healthy, fun, and an awesome way to bask in the great outdoors. If your kids haven’t learned to take the handles themselves yet, don’t fret; you can always look for front and rear-mounted seats to make sure they’re included in the fun. If your kids are more independent, make sure to choose a safe bike for them, while keeping size and style in mind. Biking is great for the leg muscles, heart, and mental health.
During spring and summer, very few family activities can rival hiking. As a family adventure, hiking can be a great way to bond, explore nature and learn. You can use the activity to teach your kids about plants, insects, and other animals they may come across along the way. To boost the fun, you can play fun outdoor games like trail bingo and a scavenger hunt. According to the National Park Service, hiking builds stronger muscles and bones, reduces the risk of respiratory problems, boost mental health and so much more!
If you don’t want to engage in anything that’s very physically demanding, you can go with gardening. There are so many gardening options that can make sure everyone enjoys the activity, including herb gardening, vegetable gardening, and flower gardening.
Create little plots of land and allow your kids to nurture them by watering them, weeding, and harvesting. In case you’re wondering, there are many child-sized gardening tools that you can get for your kids to offer them a chance to use real tools and get fully involved. Gardening is one of the easiest ways to improve mood, reduce stress and build hand and core strength.
Backyard camping and bird care
If you don’t want to make a trip to have fun outside your house, or you find camping in the woods a bit too adventurous, you can bring the outdoors to your backyard. By camping in your backyard, you eliminate many hassles, such as traveling costs and safety measures and enjoy the control and security that you can only have in your own home.
To make things a little more interesting, you can come up with fun activities to engage in during the day, including bird feeding and exercise. For instance, can allow your kids to feed pet birds with wild bird food while giving them interesting facts about bird behavior in the wild.
Whether your kids love exploring nature or simply digging in the dirt, rockhounding can be a great way to spend time outside with them and learn. Also known as amateur geology, rockhounding involves collecting rocks, mineral specimens, petrified wood, fossils, and semi-precious gems from the earth.
You can take your kids out on a rockhounding field trip this season to dig for gems and rocks after seeking out the best areas to conduct the activity near your location. Just make sure you visit the Bureau of Land Management to learn about rockhounding etiquette before you set off.
Have you been looking for fun activities to do with your kids this season? If you have, why not try biking, gardening, backyard camping and bird care, and rockhounding?
By Samantha Higgins