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Encouraging your Kids to Play Outside this Spring

13 Mar, 2018

Encouraging your Kids to Play Outside this Spring

Children and adults often feel stir crazy after a long winter spent mostly indoors, but this attitude isn’t universal. Lack of exercise, lack of exposure to sunlight, poor diet, and a season’s worth of bad habits can leave us feeling sluggish and unmotivated. As a result, going back and embracing last year’s favorite outdoor exercise routines, playtime, and other activities might be more difficult than expected for some.

Get your Backyard Swing Set up to Snuff

The first thing to do when coaxing your little ones out of the house is to make sure that playing outside is a simple and easy choice. To do that, you’ll need to ensure that your backyard is ready and well designed for kids to play in. Perform any needed maintenance on your swing set and other play equipment, and clear away any debris that may have accumulated over the winter.

Let Them Start Off Easy

Children aren’t very motivated by delayed gratification, which means that outdoor play needs to be fun right from the start. Trying to force kids to play or exercise for longer than they want will give them an unenjoyable experience, and make it much more difficult to get them to do it again in the future. It’s perfectly fine to just sit on the swing for a few minutes to soak up the sun. This will help to spur on vitamin D production, making them more alert and energetic later on.

Play Together with Your Kids

Outdoor play isn’t just for kids, and being sent out to play shouldn’t figuratively feel like being sent out into the cold. While children do need time to play and interact with friends and siblings on their own, they also need playful interaction with their parents. In order for them to build healthy life-long habits, It’s important for them to see adults playing and enjoying themselves. Parents often spend much of their kids’ early childhoods in a state of stress, sleep deprivation, and worry, and this also helps to show children a relaxed and carefree side of their parents during their early formative years.

Send Kids Out After School

In most US states, recess has been shortened or eliminated to the point of being almost pointless. By the time kids get home, they’re mentally exhausted and burned out. A good way to help them recover, and to make them feel much better, is to get them outside to play. Exercising won’t just help their bodies to recover from sitting in an artificially lit room all day, it will engage different part of their brains, and help them to recover mentally as well. This will help them to do better on their homework, and to feel more alert at school on the following day.

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