This year my husband and I have decided that we’d like to spend as much time as possible outdoors as a family.
With so many young people spending the majority of their time indoors on their phones or games consoles, we’re trying our very best to encourage our children to embrace the great outdoors.
Being outdoors has so many wonderful benefits from improvements in mental health and well-being, as well as physical benefits such as improved blood pressure and of course the chance to exercise.
Of course we can’t always be outdoors when the weather is really bad, but a spate of rain or snow shouldn’t keep us indoors.
With this in mind here are a few things we’re aiming to do this year:
- Go on a family camping trip – I have a few places in mind such as River Dart Country Park and the Gower, possibly even Kiln Park as I spent many summers myself as a child camping there with my family
- Go to a music festival – We’re actually going to The Great Wonderfest in August this year
- Go glamping – We have an upcoming trip to a dairy farm where we’ll be glamping and we’re all super excited about this
- Go on days out – These needn’t be paid for days out. A simple trip to the beach with a picnic or to the park etc.
- It’s also simple changes such as walking home from school and going in the park on the way home
- Spending time in the garden playing simple games such as football, hide and seek etc
- Growing our own food and cooking meals using homegrown ingredients to show our girls how amazing nature is
- Simply eating dinner in the garden
These are just a few of the things we’ll be doing this year to encourage our children outdoors. To be honest though our girls don’t need much encouragement to get outside! Of course, they enjoy watching TV, but I think being outdoors trumps TV for them.
What are your plans this summer? Let me know in the comments below.