6 Ways to Play Outside With Kids
This means that you are now “stuck” at home with your children all day. When it comes to creating a schedule that works for your family, it’s essential to make sure that you include some outdoor playtime. The question is, how do you take your kids outside to play while practicing proper social distancing?
Here are some great ways to get out and still maintain your social distance.
1. Scavenger hunts
One great way to get outside to play during this pandemic is to create a fun outdoor scavenger hunt. Send your kids on a quest for items found in nature. You can do this in your neighborhood or even in your apartment complex.
The most important thing is to make sure that you put items on your list that are found in larger areas where there’s not likely to be many people around. Taking the kids to a park and sending them to find sticks, leaves, rocks, etc. offers a great way to keep them entertained for quite some time.
If you have older kids and you’re looking for a high-tech option for getting outdoors, geocaching is a great choice. Geocaching will require a smartphone. You can use an app to locate caches that have been hidden on trails, parks and other locations.
Typically, people who are geocaching will pick up the item to find what’s inside the container. However, since social distancing is now recommended, you can make a game out of who spots the thing first. When you get home, you can log your finds online and then make a note of where it is so that when it’s safe again, you can go back to the spot and find out what was in the cache.
3. Bike ride
Another great way to get outside with your kids and enjoy the fresh air is to take a bike ride. Riding bikes is a great way to get some exercise and keep a safe distance from others. There are bike trails around many apartment complexes and mobile home communities.
You can also gather up your bikes and find some parks to go for a ride. Cycling is an excellent social-distancing exercise and something that anyone can do. If your children are younger, investing in a bike carrier can be a fun way to get outside and ride with your kids.
Gardening is a great way to help your children develop sensory and motor skills. This hobby will engage their senses and encourage appreciation of the environment. Additionally, it will provide your children with a sense of accomplishment.
Even if you don’t have a yard to plant a garden in, you can still start seeds in some indoor pots. You can also use small pots and sit them on your balcony or deck. Some apartment complexes even offer garden plots that can be used by tenants.
5. Backyard camping
If you have space in your backyard, consider taking your kid’s camping. You can easily set up a tent in your yard and enjoy some time together. If you don’t have enough space to set up a tent, you can still build a small campfire and roast some marshmallows. If you can’t make a fire, try roasting marshmallows on your grill.
Another option is to create a fort and let your kids hang out in it for the day. For those who live in mobile home parks, this can be a great way to use some of your outdoor space. If you live in an apartment, you might be able to set up a “tent” on your balcony. Kids love cozy private areas. Let them read and enjoy the outside in one of these comfortable spaces.
In most states, campgrounds are currently closed, but hiking trails remain open. Taking the family on a hike in the woods can be a great way to enjoy some time together. There are many state and national parks that you can visit and enjoy during this unexpected downtime that we’ve been provided.