It’s that time of year again! The summer holidays are here, and hopefully your kids are excited for some time off school and a bit of freedom from the classroom while it’s nice outside! Here are our top tips for encouraging your kids to play outside and get active over the summer.
Of course, some kids prefer to spend their time indoors – maybe even glued to a screen! There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s important for kids to play outside, keep moving and learn about the great outdoors. Our tips can help you to make playing outside seem more attractive than the easy option of the TV or tablet!
This is a pretty obvious one, and for good reason! Getting your kids out on their bikes is a great way to give them some independence as well as teaching them about safety and responsibility – and all at the same time as getting them active.
Make sure that your kids are comfortable on their bikes. If they’re on a bike that’s uncomfortable or that they can’t control because it’s the wrong size, they’ll never enjoy going for a ride. Take a look at our Kids Bikes Buyer’s Guide to find the right size bike for your little one.
Make bike rides more interesting by taking your kids to a park or trail, and do some exploring. If you’re riding from home, it’s a great idea to pick a destination and a reason for riding, like a café or park. That also gives the kids a chance to rest with an ice cream if they’re tired!
Mini camping trips
We don’t need to tell you that going on holiday will keep your kids entertained in the summer! Camping is a great way to go on an outdoors-y and kid-friendly trip without spending too much money, but once you’ve got all the camping kit, why not make the most of it?
Set up the tent in the back garden and let your kids spend a night outdoors. You can have all the fun of cooking outside with them, and head back inside knowing that they’re safe in the garden. They’ll get some independence and adventure – and you (hopefully) get a quiet evening in!
Other ideas for outdoor kids’ activities in summer
Kids get much more involved when there’s a ‘mission’ for them to get involved with along the way, and this is a great way to make a walk or trip to the park more interesting for them!
- Spotting birds, plants or wildlife – make them a list to tick off, or take pictures and then identify them at home!
- Stargazing – make the most of the warm evenings by trying to find the constellations (you might have to stretch the bedtime for younger kids in summer!).
- Pond-dipping and pooh sticks – if there’s some safe water, this is a great way to liven up a walk.
- Build a bird box or bug hotel – the kids can do these at home, and go back to check and see what’s paying them a visit!
- A treasure hunt – you don’t need real treasure, just some things that might turn up on your walk or in your garden. For younger kids, you might want to get them practise counting or naming colours at the same time.
- Gardening – you don’t want your kids to dig up your prized flower bed, and it might be difficult to get older kids and teens to do real garden work for you, but give your young kids their own patch and they can learn about plants. If the weather is bad, you can always fall back on the classic broad bean in a jar!
Hopefully that’s enough to keep them entertained while you think of some more activities!
Don’t forget sun cream, as well as things like hats and shirts, so that your kids are protected from the sun. Take a look at our Kids Zone to see we’ve got for summer activities and fun with the kids, as well as all of our great offers on kids’ toys, car seats and kids’ bikes!