9 Ways To Get Your Child Outdoors And Active

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has put together a yearly event encouraging children, families, schools and communities to go Screen Free and make changes toward a more active outdoor lifestyle.  This year the event is being held April 30th- May 6th.

Tales of a Mountain Mama has put together a group of bloggers to help support and publicize this initiative.  Even though we will not be going entirely screen free in our house,  I am glad to support this effort to get kids and families outdoors and active.

Playing Outside With Bubbles

9 Ways to Get Your Child Outdoors and Active

Summer is just around the corner and one thing I know is that it goes by fast.  Today, I am sharing some tips for summer outdoor activities for kids.

1.  Make outdoor activities part of your child’s routine.  If you have older children, start your outside routine on the first day of summer vacation.

2. Start your mornings with a morning bike ride or walk with your kids.

3.  Plan healthy picnic lunches several days a week.  Visit different county, state and National Parks periodically to change up the scenery and keep the kids excited.

4.  After a fun morning, walking and picnicking, why not enjoy an afternoon swim?  Swimming is a great way to cool down and kids don’t think of swimming as exercise.  To them, swimming is just pure fun.  I have to agree.

5.  Turn your hike into a nature scavenger hunt.  Make a list of items to find.  Place the items in an empty egg carton or allow your children to take pictures when they find an item.

6.  Turn your child’s hiking pictures into a fun craft.  Print out some pictures that each child has taken and have them make an outdoor adventure poster.  Kids can decorate their poster with crayons, markers, washable paints, stamps and stickers.  This is a great project idea for late afternoons when the kids have a little down time.

7.  Taking a walk after dinner as a family is a great way to spend quality time and get in a little extra exercise.

8.  Turn your child’s outdoor activities into a fun challenge by allowing them to wear pedometers.  GeoPalz pedometers for kids are really cool.  They come in fun designs that appeal to kids.  Your child can log into the computer how far they have walked for the day and earn points that can be traded in for prizes.

9.  Don’t forget to  do a little star gazing at night.  It is such a nice way to wind down a day!

Your schedule may not allow you time to incorporate all these ideas.  Pick and choose the ones that work best for your family based on time, ages of your children and interests.

The main goal is to make exercise and outdoor fun part of your child’s routine.  It’s healthy for your kids.  It’s healthy for you.  And I have found when kids are active and engaged mentally and physically, the result is less whine, less sibling conflicts and more peace.  And they sleep well at night!

I’ll see ya around the campfire.

Tiffany

For your chance to win a pair of Hi-Tech hiking boots AND a GeoPalz Pedometer, head over to Tales of a Mountain Mama.  Contest is only open for 24 hours.

For more ideas and tips on getting kids outside and active during Screen Free Week,  visit the following websites:

Bring The Kids

Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Go Explore Nature

Outside Mom

VeloMom

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Tiffany loves tent camping and knows how to bait a hook.

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  1. Yay for getting kids outside & moving! Thanks so much for mentioning the Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt. Anytime we go hunting for things in our neighborhood, we discover something new.
    Debi recently posted..Book Review – Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with KidsMy Profile

  2. Love the idea of star gazing. We will definitely be doing that. Great ideas!
    Melissa recently posted..Before They’re Gone ~ Review and GIVEAWAY!My Profile

    • Campy Mom says:

      Thanks, Melissa.
      We’ve been star gazing and planet gazing a lot lately. My son has been studying constellations in school. We have an app on our iPhone which is great for star gazing/planet gazing. If you think you see Venus, but you are not sure, you aim your phone at it and the app will tell you the name of the planet or star and what constellation the star is in. It will draw the constellations out connecting the stars so you can visualize it.

  3. Thanks so much for your participation, Tiffany! GREAT tips!

    • Campy Mom says:

      Thank you, Amelia for all the hard work you put into this event. I know how passionate you are about getting kids active outdoors. Great job!

  4. Hi from the UK Tiffany. Just found your post and wanted to say thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I have a camping site with a slight outdoor twist. Essentially its about family camping but with a vintage, frugal, eco, British twist. Big smiles to you and thanks for the great read. Sarah. ps… am I right in thinking you are doing really well in the outdoor awards section of Circle of Moms? Well done!
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  5. Don’t forget to make the Smore’s over a campfire when you are stargazing! I love some of your recipes. YUM!
    Dave@Family Camping recently posted..Kayaking:Easy Breezy Tips To Get You StartedMy Profile

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