A strain of bacteria found in dirt acts as an anti-depressant when inhaled. This particular discovery might be new, but the wisdom is not. Being outside makes you feel good. Will a run in the park or a camping trip solve all your or your kid’s woes? No, they will not. However, living a full life is something that has to be worked on. I believe living life fully starts with having good relationships, especially with those who are closest to us: our kids. Thinking of outdoor activities for kids is a great place to start in order to bond.
With that in mind, here are 10 great outdoor activities for kids. Some of these ideas involve expense and some of them only require a willing spirit. Obviously, we only have room for 10 on this list, so please feel free to add your own!
1. Do a Yard Project
Do you ever stare out your kitchen window into your backyard and imagine how much more it could be? Maybe you see a cool play area for the kids. Maybe, as your author does, you see an outdoor brick fireplace possibly one day in the future. Get out in the yard and start turning that dream into reality. Involve your kids in the project.
2. Exercise Together
Jogging, biking, or just simply walking together are tremendous ways to bond, but also get healthy while you’re doing it. A brisk walk in the fresh air is a great way to spend at least a half-hour of your day.
This one does cost some money. “Eco-tourism” is a booming industry across the world. Amazing “change your life” kind of experiences. Remember it’s just a trip, but one worth researching.
This is one of the best outdoor activities for kids and parents to bond. A friend of All Pro Dad hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail with his son. He reported back of the growth they both experienced. Hiking, no matter what level of trail difficulty, is exhilarating.
There’s something special about getting away from it all and bonding over a campfire and sleeping in the elements. Though, one night in a tent set up in the backyard with the kids will still suffice. Even when you can still see the lights of your kitchen from your tent, you still experience a sense of freedom that may have been missing.
6. Family Time Outside
Toss a football to your son or get the whole family playing badminton. Break-in your daughter’s new glove. Feel a sting in your palm when you discover her throw has picked up velocity since last season. Chase butterflies around. Set up a cheap Slip n’ Slide.
7. Block Party
Do you know your neighbors? Throwing a block party is a good way to have fun and meet families. If you already have relationships, it’s even more fun. There is wisdom in having neighbors you can count on in a crunch. Roll a grill out into the driveway. Pull out the coolers, lawn chairs, and corn hole.
Build a snowman with your kids. Watch them make snow angels (maybe even do it with them). Teach them how to make a proper snowball. If you live in a warm climate, make a family trek at least once in their childhood to experience these things.
Fishing has a magic quality associated with it. Your mind clears itself of unnecessary clutter, allowing you to focus on whatever issue is central in your life at that moment. In either case, it gives you a rare moment of clarity or needed escape.Whether on top of a mountain, laying on a sandy beach, or sitting under a tree in your yard, start a conversation and express gratitude to the one who created it.
When you stand outdoors and look around, have your kids consider who made it. This world is beautiful and a blessing. Whether on top of a mountain, laying on a sandy beach, or sitting under a tree in your yard, start a conversation and express gratitude to the one who created it.