The clocks change this Sunday bringing in longer evenings and (hopefully!) milder weather so now is the time to make sure the kids get outside and reap the benefits of fresh air and outdoor play.
Natural daylight is a superb source of much-needed Vitamin D, and an hour of running around outdoors ticks the box for the recommended daily activity a child should be getting.
Breathing in fresh air helps to rid little lungs of dust, fumes and other irritations that they may have accumulated over the day, and a good run around ensures an even better night’s sleep!
That said, it’s not always easy to pry children away from their comforts so here are a few tips to encourage active play outdoors.
1. Wrap them up well. Children are more likely to stay outside for longer when they aren’t put off by the cold.
2. Create a fun association with going for a walk by bringing a Frisbee or a football or turn it into a nature trail and explore.
3. Lead by example. This could be the perfect opportunity for you to dust off your bike and go on family cycles. Remember children love time out with their parents so what better way to do it than a family bike ride.
4. Walk to the shop or to visit a neighbor. Make it the norm to walk anywhere you can and leave the car for longer trips.
5. Go for a stroll at night. How exciting would it be for children to bring a torch, listen for owls and do some stargazing?
6. Put up a basketball net and spend time practicing with your children in the evenings