I just want to share some thoughts and help get the word out there about kids that stay in and are using electronics and watching TV all day long. As for me, my girls are all grown and gone with children of their own. But I see this mostly everyday.
There are so many activities out there. There are activities for every families budget. Whether you live in the country or city you will find outdoor activities for the whole family. Going out into nature is always fun for kids. Camping, fishing, looking for bugs, walking trails, looking for pretty rocks, ( their pockets may be heavier on the way back) and just looking at the trees and plants.
The beach is also really fun for the kids. They can wiggle their toes in the sand and play in the water. I as a kid loved running on the beach. My Mom would pack a lunch and we would stay out all day. Where we lived we would go clamming at low tide. The rivers are nice to visit as well. The running water was very exciting. We would fish and on occasions we would actually catch one.
Little kids just love playing in the dirt or sand box. They love to make mud pies and get their hands all squishy. They like to make sandcastles as well. Little buckets and shovels are very cheap and it get the children outside and wanting to play. And the dirt and sand does wash off. That’s why they make play cloths.
Try making a garden with your kids. Just a little spot in your backyard is perfect. It also teaches them to grow their own food. And again they can get their hands dirty. When they see their plants starting to grow they will be so excited and they’ll want to keep watering and checking on the vegetables and fruits progress. And when its time to harvest the plants and they get to eat the fresh veggies and fruit they will want to plant next planting season. The planting season is coming very soon. So when you get to the store start gathering you seeds.
If you live out in the country or are planning a trip away from the city the farther out you go the stars get brighter and brighter. Star gazing is so amazing. There are billions and billions of stars in the sky. They just light up the sky. The milky-way is incredible. I have seen it thousands of times and never tire of it. Its for ever moving. Bringing a telescope or binoculars is extra cool. Seeing the stars and planets closer is amazing. If your really knowledgeable about the constellation then that would be extra fun as well teaching the children.
Going out in the local parks are always great for kids. I use to take my daughters there quite often when they were small. They loved swinging, playing on the slide. The merry-go-round was a big hit. We would even bring a ball to play catch. Baseball is a big hit for the boys and for some girls too. They have lots of room in these parks for kids to be kids. And boy do they sleep good that night.
Riding bikes with your kids can be a blast. My parents use to go riding with all 4 kids. It was a time when we would all be together. We were happy all riding in the parks and on safe roads. Till this day I love riding bikes.. You get to see so much that you don’t see in a car.
I think you get the idea about getting children more active. It is necessary for their lives. Happiness and well-being is what we want for our kids. So go outdoors and have fun. Breath fresh air. It’s a wonderful thing.