The Benefits of Outdoor Activities for Children

Technology is forever consuming both our lives as well as our children’s. With an increase in the range of games and tv shows available at your fingertips, sometimes it can be easier to distract your children when you have a lot of things to do and not a lot of time to do it in. Getting away from all these distractions occasionally can give your children and you a breath of fresh air, literally.


One of the most important things that we want for our children is for them to be healthy and happy. Playing outdoors has many health benefits both mentally, physically and spiritually. Running around can help children develop strong bones and stay fit, and also enables them to burn off any extra calories they may have been consuming. Vitamin D is another great reason to get yourself outdoors, because as a society we do not get enough of it, especially in winter. Most importantly, all that extra running around means your children should go to bed on time as they will be exhausted!


Playing outdoors and taking part in outdoor activities can give your children confidence in trying new things as well as confidence in talking to other children and making friends. There are many great outdoor activity groups where parents take their children to play and learn about nature together, making friends and discovering their limits. If your child is really into sports and adventure, you may want to take them hiking or canoeing, which is great fun for both you and your child. (If you really aren’t the sporty type you may want to rope dad into this one!) This also means you can meet other moms and grab a coffee whilst your kids are playing. Socializing doesn’t just have to be for the children!

Family Bonding

There are many fun outdoor activities which can be a great way to rid yourselves of the distractions of modern life, get together and enjoy yourselves. One of these may be camping; ridding yourself of the TV and Internet and replacing them with board games and roasting marshmallows can really be a lovely way to spend time with your children and be around nature. has everything you will need for your first camping trip as a family, even down to the shoes. Camping doesn’t need to be a tough experience, you can even camp in your own garden if you don’t think your children are up to the challenge yet!

These are just some of the many benefits of getting outdoors for both you and your children, there are many others! Children can enhance so many skills including learning, creativity, independence and also helps them to feel calmer and happier. There are many outdoor activities for every age range and sporting ability, from taking your child down to your local park, to hiking in the hills, to camping in the great outdoors. No matter what you do, get your children out there and reap the benefits.

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