Do your kids play outside enough?
I do worry that mine spend too much time indoors, especially my illness not allowing us to go out to places as frequently as I would like. We do have a back garden though and I’ve tried to make it as fun as possible for the kids. We had a swing set that we’ve had for ages but the kids still love it. We also have a slide which they play on..who needs to go to the park? We also like outdoor toys like bats and balls to play rounders. We received a Phlat Ball from The Entertainer and it’s really good fun.
The Phlat Ball is like a Frisbee but when you throw it, it turns into a ball. It can pop open at any time so there are many games to play. The kids think it’s great fun.
Here are some top tips that Katie Gritt from the Entertainer has put together to entice children to play outside.
Make Outdoor Games a Hit
Make it ‘sound’ fun!
‘Going for a walk’ can feel like more of a chore to kids but telling them it’s an ‘adventure walk’ can be more enticing. Take a ball or Frisbee with you so you can stop along the way for a game or make a nature treasure hunt map before heading out.
On your bike!
Give your bike or scooter ride a purpose and make the destination more fun – heading to the park for a session on the swings or stopping for an ice cream makes the cycle more rewarding!
Set them a challenge.
Help give them something to work towards and test themselves. See how many laps they can do on their bike or scooter, how many times can they catch the ball in one minute or set up a target for water blasters.
Let them play on their own.
While it’s good to play with your children, it’s also beneficial for them to learn how to have fun independently. Give them an idea to get them started if they need it, such as ‘what can you build in the sand’ or asking them to make up a story about the toy they are playing with and you’ll be amazed at what they manage to come up with.
Invite their friends.
Older children in particular will be much more excited about playing outside if their friends are there. Set up games such as Frisbee or Snap It or for those really hot days – have a water fight!
Whether you’re out in the garden, heading off to the park or camping for the weekend, The Entertainer
has a huge range of toys for all ages that will have them riding and splashing around and are guaranteed to keep the kids happy and entertained this summer.
We love going for walks in Autumn to collect leaves and pine cones to make decorations. Even now the kids are older they have a passion for collecting things while out walking, sticks in particular.
My kids love to play with the neighbourhood kids on their bikes and scooters. Thankfully we live in a small cul-de-sac so there are not many cars around.
I often let them play alone, they have amazing imaginations and make up some fantastic games that keep them occupied for hours. There is no need to plan everything.
It’s guaranteed that as soon as any friends turn up then they are off into the garden!
The slightest bit of sunshine and they are wanting their paddling pool filled up, we even add a little bubble bath to keep them clean, haha!
Have you any good tips to get the kids outside?
Disclosure: tips provided by The Entertainer.