Summer is well and truly here for a lot of us now. Still, you might find it disappointingly hard to get your kids away from their screens and out into the sun. Here, we’re going to look at both the carrot and the stick that you can offer to make sure they get some playtime in the fresh air.
Start limiting screen time
If you have never had to impose limits on how much time they can spend playing games or being on the phone, then you might find some initial resistance. However, apps like Screen Time can help you take the dispute out of the equation. Lockdown those screens so they can only use them for certain times a day and it becomes easier to encourage them to find new ways to enjoy themselves.
Make some games out of it
While aimless fun is all well and good, sometimes it can help to have some ideas of how, exactly, you and your kids are going to be playing. Sites like Cornhole Worldwide can help you with that, however. You can make all sorts of different backyard games with cornhole bags that anyone in the family can get involved in. Add in a little extra competition to spice things up and get them really engaged.
Get active with them
Kids are naturally full of energy, so long as you don’t let them spend all day sitting on their rears. To that end, they might be a lot more ready to get active if you simply equip them with the means. Buying your kid a bike is an easy way to see them heading outdoors. You can even incentivize them even further by going out with them for bike rides, too. It’s a great way to make sure they’re safe on top of everything else.
Keep it cool
There are going to be plenty of hot ones there and your kids aren’t going to want to stay out for too long once they start feeling overheated and dehydrated. As such, it might be worth looking at sites like Today to set up a play pool in the backyard. There are few better ways to cool down on a hot day than to chill out or splash around and have some fun in the pool.
Get out into nature
A lot of us have a natural fascination with the natural world, and that starts when we’re kids. As such, encouraging your kids to join you on trips to local parks and even National Parks can be a great way to set up a fun family excursion out. Plus, it can be a learning opportunity to teach them more about the world around them, as well.
A lot of us have become used to spending a lot more time indoors over the past year. However, now’s the time to take advantage of those beautiful sunny days with your kids. Hopefully, this post has given you a few ideas on how to do that.