Back to nature
In today's society, it is becoming more and more common for children to spend time in front of screens instead of being outdoors in nature. Play is an important part of a child's development, and through play children can explore, learn, and develop their social skills. Take a minute to think back to your own childhood. You probably have more memories of playing football, jumping rope during school break or splashing in puddles than you do of spending hours in front of the TV. Outdoors provides more space for imagination and the chance to create beautiful memories associated with places that may mean a lot to your child in the future.
Everything is a fun game with some imagination
But how do you inspire your child to actually play outdoors? Playing with your child is an easy way to make it fun. Take inspiration from games you played as a child, like jumping rope, playing hide-and-seek, or drawing with chalk. By showing your child that you also enjoy outdoor play, you can encourage them to participate.
It can also be helpful to give your child challenges and tasks that they can feel proud of accomplishing. For example, you can involve them in weeding the garden or planting flowers. By giving them a task to complete and then praising them for their efforts, you can help them feel involved and competent. With a little imagination, almost anything can be turned into a fun game, especially when you have nature as your playground.
Bring indoor games outdoors
If imagination runs dry for outdoor activities, a simple tip is to take indoor games outside. Our tents, for example, work great outdoors on the patio, balcony, or in the garden. If you want to take creativity even further, you can even bring our pavilion tent to the beach and roll up the walls, so your child has their own shade spot. Inside the tent, you can also place our floor cushion game, which is designed to fit perfectly in tipi and pavilion tents. Crawl into the shade and play a game of ludo, works just as well indoors as outdoors!
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Outdoor playing for good health
It's no secret that being in nature also has strong positive effects on people's health, both adults and children. By playing outdoors, children have the opportunity to move and develop their motor skills, while getting fresh air and sunshine which can improve their mood and sleep quality. In addition, outdoor play can reduce stress and anxiety in children and give them the opportunity to relax and have fun in a different way than when they spend time in front of screens. By encouraging your child to play outdoors, you can contribute to a healthy and balanced lifestyle while creating great memories and experiences together.
You are doing your best
It's important to remember that we're all just human and that it's okay to put children in front of the TV or iPad sometimes. It's about finding a balance that works for your own family and being aware that it's not always possible to avoid screen time. You are doing your best!