Inside Scoop on Raising Outdoor Kids

Raising Outdoor KidsRaising outdoor kids is more challenging than ever.  With video games, Ipods and televisions, many kids become content to “veg out” inside.  But moms are realizing the benefits of outdoor play.  This week during our Camping Faves and Raves Week, we have shared some wonderful stories by outdoorsy moms and dads.  So for our last post of Camping Faves and Rave Week, we are focusing on the kids.

Our outdoorsy family bloggers are sharing their favorite camping with kids posts with us today.

Camping With Kids

 

How to Fit 7 People in a CanoeRaising Outdoor Kids

Tanya from Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

This summer we headed out on our annual family backpacking trip and this time we decided to shake things up a bit.  Rather than bringing Chariots to help ferry gear (and kids) we decided to bring canoes.  Two canoes to be exact.  Along with 7 adults, 1 teenager, 3 preschoolers, 1 toddler, a dog and a backcountry cat.  We swam in glacial cold mountain water, hiked to waterfalls, paddled out to our own private beach, and had fires on the beach below our campsite.  It was a fabulous weekend- so much so that we went out and bought our own canoe so that we could repeat this kind of backcountry trip every summer now…Read More.

Camping in the Backyard IS CampingRaising Kids Outdoors

Shared by Amelia from  Tales of a Mountain Mama

Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the thoughts of BIG camping trips, that you forget that kids think even backyard camping is fun and a great-family memory-maker…Read More.

 

 

Tenting Warmth and WoesRaising Outdoor Kids

Alyssa from Kid Project

This is the first post in our series Camping Chronicles, discussing all things camping with kids.  It was 2 a.m.  Our oldest (age 3 at the time) woke up abruptly, announced, “Camping all done. Go home.”  She was unmovable.  We explained.  We reasoned.  And in the end, she screamed and cried.  Which woke up the little brother (age 1).  He was cold and unhappy.  At least we think so…he couldn’t actually tell us this, but he screamed for nearly two hours before my husband got him to chill out and pass out…Ever wonder how on earth to keep your kids warm while camping during the night?  Here are our odd ball tips.  We lived to learn our lessons!…Read More.

Budget Friendly Ideas for Family CampingRaising Outdoor Kids

Shared by Debi from Go Explore Nature

Until our road trip adventure last month, I’d only been camping beyond the backyard with my kids once- and then only for a night.  And although the hubby and I have a lot of camping experience under our collective belts, we’re relatively new to  camping with kids.

If you are like us, you might be a litle overwhelmed at the prospect of having to purchase gear to go camping with kids.  The good news is, there are ways you can save.  Here are three budget friendly tips for family camping …Read More.

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Tips for Raising Outdoor Kids

  1. To raise an outdoor kid, start being an outdoor family.
  2. Start young.  You will notice that our outdoor family bloggers began bringing their kids with them camping, hiking, biking, etc…at an early age.
  3. Change it up.  Finding new outdoor adventures and activities keeps your kids interested and inspired.  And it’s more fun for the parents as well.
  4. Don’t expect perfection.  At the end of the day, remember that even the most outdoorsy moms face the same scenerios that you face with your children. Whining is universal.
  5. Bring good snacks and small toys.  Bribery or just good parenting skills??

What’s your favorite way to get your kids or grandkids outdoors?  What are some of your tips on how to encourage outdoor play?

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  1. Best way I have found to get kids outside is turn off the electronics & go outside, never had one not follow me yet. It’s amazing how fast they find things to do outside when nothing is going on inside! : )

  2. You’re right – It’s all about enjoying an outdoor lifestyle and including the kids. It’s also never too late to start. If you’ve gotten out of the habit or have never been an outdoor family – start today, start small – go for a short walk in a natural area. Then keep going, get inspired and build the lifestyle you want. If you have a bad day, don’t worry – it happens to us all, get a good sleep and remember tomorrow is a fresh start.

  3. Melanie Knoepke says:

    The real problem with raising an outdoor kid…getting them to stay in the house. Sometimes my 2-year-old thinks its okay to let himself and the dog outside without us. We have to keep our eye on him.

  4. Jennifer W. says:

    I have a 7 month old so she doesn’t have much choice! But she loves being outside. She just lights up.

  5. We like to create games with found nature objects – one that my kids still talk about is a “toss the acorn into the can” game created on the fly when they were “bored” while hanging around the campsite.

  6. they love the mountains and even just taking a walk here in beautiful northern NH

  7. To get my now four-year-old son excited about going outdoors, I almost always have a purpose. I tell him we’re going on a nature walk, collecting twigs, playing on the playground, playing tag, bug watching, etc. It seems he needs a purpose, otherwise he doesn’t get excited about playing outdoors, especially with it being so hot lately.

  8. Jennifer Whitney says:

    I have two small boys, so it’s pretty east to convince them to go outdoors. We take our dog on walks, go to park, walk on trails and I just printed out a nature scavenger hunt to try.

  9. I turn off all screens, open the door and say lets go. I am very active and enjoy racing. You know the old saying, your kids do as you do, well often my kids ask to race in one milers or mini triathlons. We are blessed with an 85 acre family owned campground and a 80 acre family farm. My kids love both. I load them up and off we go. The beauty of it is, both farm and campground are 1/4 mile from each other. They both have a lake for swimming and fishing. The farm also is set up for target practice, hunting and archery. If my parents ever sell the lands my kids (and all the other grand-kids) will be so disappointed. We hope that one of them will take over one day.

  10. Bike rides, playground trips and beach trips or swimming are our favorite outdoor activities. L is still young enough (2 yr) that she practically begs for outdoor time- no battles with it yet! :)

  11. We take our craft projects outside and have impromptu picnics in the backyard.

  12. We try to make it a point to get out as often as possible with our little one. She loves hiking, and the key is to go at her pace, allowing her to stop and look at whatever catches her attention.

  13. Right now we love to bike (all of us!!!)

  14. Going outside is a routine now – they almost expect to head outside at some point in the day. I think that me going out is key. If I just got them dressed and sent them out, it would be different!

  15. I send them to the dirt hill in the back yard. What kid doesn’t love dirt?

  16. Dear Santa,

    My name is Gracie. I’m 6 months old and I’m stealing daddy’s identity. Please bring me a strider bike. I can’t wait to huck my stinky pooter off the rad dirt jumps my mom and dad are building in the back yard.

    Peace out,

    -G

    (Note: mom does not condone this message)

  17. Now, let’s be serious, Grace (& Dad), Dad is way too obsessed with his lawn to make dirt jumps in the backyard. Good thing we have endless mountain terrain and beautiful nearby bike paths where we could put a Strider bike to awesome use.

  18. If I go with them they have more fun. We love water balloon fights and going to the beach

  19. My kids are pretty young, so we spend a lot of time at the playground or going on nature walks.

  20. I am 18 now and inside is my least favorite place to be. When I was little we had 30 minutes of screen time a day. My mom would send us out the door right after breakfast and then beg us to come back that night. The dirtier we were the more fun we had was the motto of the house.

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