5 Ways to get the Kids Outdoors!
Spring is finally approaching next month in Australia – hurray! It hasn’t been a bad winter at all but I am looking forward to the warmer weather and we’ve been planning ways to get the kids outdoors more.
Since we moved into our new house earlier in the year, we’ve been spending some time getting the garden and deck ready to spend more time outdoors.
As we have 2 small kids, we wanted to create an space that included a safe, child-friendly and fun playing area for them, a place for dining and relaxing with friends in the evening for us.
So here are our ways to get the kids outdoors more:
1. Spring into Spring!
When I was a kid, I begged my parents for a trampoline but never quite persuaded them. We’ve been to a few friend’s houses recently that have them and my 3 year old particularly loved bouncing around so we’ve got one too now. It’s such good exercise, gets the kids outdoors in the fresh air and if you’re lucky, tires them out enough for a full night’s sleep that night!
We’re lucky that our garden has room for this awesome 8 foot springless trampoline from Toy Universe. It doesn’t take up too much space and is the perfect size for our 2 kids to jump away on. It has a safety net and no springs that would be hard on tiny feet.
The kids have been loving it and my daughter even ‘helped’ put it up! Well, she shouted instructions.
Toy Universe has a huge range of kids toys with options for smaller gardens too.
2. Eat Outdoors
We love to BBQ as it’s such a fun and relaxing way to cook and eat.
If BBQs aren’t your thing though, you can still eat outdoors in the warmer weather, whether it’s taking a picnic to the park, fish and chips on the beach or simply eating your dinner outside in the garden – if you have a place to sit of course!
If we’re cooking and eating outdoors, it gives the kids a chance to run around, ride their bikes and let off some steam at the same time.
3. Walk to local parks
It’s so easy to become reliant on having a car to get everywhere but I think it’s so important to encourage the kids to walk outside too. If nothing else, it’s exercise for me too!
We have a park that’s walking distance from our house and we love to walk there. I push my baby along in his SmarTrike and my 3 year old pushes her baby in her pushchair, rides her bike or scoots alongside me.
4. Explore Nature
You learn such a lot when looking through the eyes of a child and I love how inquisitive my kids are. My 3 year old notices everything around her such as how the leaves on each tree are different, unusual insects and so much more.
They are the kind of things I was interested in as a child but as I got older, I started to take nature for granted. I’m trying to do more to encourage my kids to explore nature and enjoy how beautiful it is. Plus I’m learning all of the things I had forgotten as I’m finding things out for them!
5. Go Camping!
Ok, let me start by saying that I have never camped. Ever. I think my days of resisting a camping trip are numbered though and it’s only a matter of time before I cave.
I love nature, I love being outdoors and I quite like animals too. Spiders, however, have always terrified me a little bit. A lot actually.
That said, I don’t want to pass my fears onto my kids so one day, I will give camping a go! I love the idea of hiring a Kombi or mobile home for a little more comfort.
We are not anti-technology in our house but we do believe in encouraging play and getting active rather than sitting inside watching too much TV or other devices.
What are your tips on ways to get the kids outdoors more?