It seems like in the age we live in that we have to pry ourselves away from technology.
Adults and teens are always checking something "important" on a cell phone or lap top.
At home and school kids are glued to game consoles or TV.
We're so paranoid of strangers we don't let them play outside without us.
We've been trying to get outside as a family at least one day a week.
Arkansas has so many beautiful parks and trails!
This past week we went on a slow hike on the Two Rivers Park trail.
|What do you see?|
A few bottles of water, some snacks in a backpack, and the family was all we needed for a fun Sunday stroll.
With the older kids we played some games as we walked:
One was "What living creatures do you see or see evidence of?"
(They found people, dogs, butterflies, bees, wasps, spiders, and trails that deer had made.)
We also played "What shapes can you find?"
(My son saw vertical lines in the pine trees, angles in the bent branches and grass, spheres in the berries.)
Their favorite game was "If you were stranded in the forest, what could you eat?"
(This gave us a good discussion on what was and wasn't edible and we took pictures to research berries and mushrooms.)
They ran and climbed trees.
For the baby there was so much to see, and hear, and smell. Learning with all the senses.
Did you know that studies have shown that children who play outdoors have less stress and anxiety, better cognitive development, lessened ADHD symptoms, better vision, and more Vitamin D?
Other great ideas to get your kids outside NOW:
- Blow bubbles
- Lie on a blanket and name shapes in the clouds
- Watch the birds at a bird feeder
- Plant a garden or help with a community garden
- Splash in a puddle together
- Make a designated "NO TECHNOLOGY" day
- Catch fireflies in a jar
- Find some constellations in the stars or have them name their own
More great ideas for Outdoor Fun can be found HERE on the Arkansas Better Beginnings website!