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When our busy adult lives start to take their toll, we often forget how important it is to be playful and have fun. Adults need playtime just as much as children do and the best way to add more fun to your life is to do more exacting activities that involve the whole family.
Making an effort to be more adventurous as a family will not only bring out your inner child but will also help you connect with your loved ones in a more meaningful way and strengthen family bonds.
Have a picnic
Organizing a family picnic is a fun and easy way to spend quality time with your family. Picnics are a great opportunity to leave the usual distractions like electronic gadgets at home and focus on each other. Plus, the kids will love helping you prepare snacks and pack a picnic basket, which means more chance for bonding as a family.
Since you’ll be spending a day out in nature you should make the most of it by engaging in various physical activities with your kids, like playing hide-and-seek, tossing a Frisbee, hula hooping, playing ring toss or flying a kite.
Take a road trip
Who doesn’t like going on a road trip? No matter what age you are, road trips will help you rediscover your sense of adventure. Unlike going on a package holiday, taking a road trip doesn’t require you to follow a strict time schedule or an itinerary.
You and your family have the freedom to choose where you want to go and plan the whole trip together. This will teach your children how to be spontaneous and appreciate the journey, not the destination.
As long as you make safety a priority, you can go anywhere you like and make memories that your children will cherish for life.
Riding a bicycle is a fun, low-impact form of exercise that has numerous health benefits, regardless of your age. Cycling regularly will help your children maintain healthy body weight, strengthen muscles, relieve school stress, teach them to be independent, and improve their confidence level.
Adults can also benefit from going on frequent bike rides. Studies have shown that going on frequent outdoor cycling trips serves as an immune system booster and slows down the aging process.
As with any outdoor activity on wheels, you need to make sure you take necessary safety measures. A bicycle alone is not enough – you also need to invest in quality kids bike helmets. Children are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet, so make sure the helmet is lightweight and comfortable enough for your child to wear all day. It’s also a good idea to get a pair of cycling gloves for everyone to protect the palms from scrapes and cuts in case of a fall.
Explore the night sky
If you live in the countryside or on the outskirts of a city where light pollution is low, you mustn’t miss out on the opportunity to go stargazing with your kids. Exploring the night sky is not only fun but also educational as it’s an ideal chance to teach your children about astronomy and encourage critical thinking.
If you don’t have an outdoor telescope, a simple pair of binoculars will do. You can also bring along a children’s astronomy book, some paper and a pack of crayons to make constellation charts, and a blanket to keep you warm. The best time to go stargazing is on winter nights when the moon is new and the air moisture is low. You can also schedule your stargazing adventure during a meteor shower and have fun making wishes every time you spot a shooting star.
Go fruit picking
Children growing up in urban environments are often disconnected from nature and know where little about where the food comes from. Given the alarming fact that children and teens now regularly spend up to seven hours staring at screens, it’s hugely important to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and restore their innate connection with nature.
Going fruit picking is a great way to teach your children how to appreciate the food on their plates and have fun in nature. Use this opportunity to teach children how to identify different plant species and show them how much work is involved in getting produce from farm to table. And while your children are having fun picking fruit, you can talk to them about how important it is to take care of the environment, respect nature, and support the local food system.
Play water tag
Playing water tag in your backyard is probably the most fun you could have with your family on a hot summer day. All you’ll need are some clean sponges, a pair of scissors, rubber bands, and a few buckets. Take the scissors and cut the sponges into strips. Grab a handful of strips and hold tightly at the center while wrapping a rubber band around the strips a few times to make a sponge ball. Repeat this with the rest of the sponge strips, fill the buckets with water, and throw in your sponge balls.
The rules of water tag are the same as with the regular playground game of tag – the first person to get hit with a wet sponge is out. That’s it! Now all you have to do is get everyone to put on their swimsuits and prepare to have a soaking good time.
Building sandcastles is yet another activity that both adults and children will love. Not only is playing with sand and water fun, but it also encourages a range of learning skills and is an excellent exercise for improving children’s fine motor skills. Building sandcastles with your kids is an ideal opportunity to teach your children how to cooperate and encourage them to be problem-solvers.
So the next time you take a trip to the beach, make sure you take a few household items such as a smalls hovel for scooping sand, buckets of various sizes for shaping towers on your castle, a plastic knife for carving, and some measuring spoons. The rest is up to you and your imagination. You don’t have to be an artist to build a cool looking sandcastle – just follow some basic rules of sandcastle building and let your creativity run loose.
Make a bird feeder
The best kinds of activities to do as a whole family are the ones that are equally adventurous and educational. Making a bird feeder is an exciting project that all family members will enjoy, but it’s also a learning experience for your children. By making a bird feeder you’ll set a good example for your children and give them a chance to experience the unique joy of building something from scratch.
Bird feeders come in all shapes and sizes and are relatively easy to make by using the things you already have around your house. You can pick up some pine cones from you backyard, tie them up with a string, spread some peanut butter all over your bird feeder, and roll it through bird seeds. Hang the pine bird feeder on a tree in your yard or the porch and have fun watching the different species of birds feast on your homemade bird feeder.
Splash in puddles
What better way to re-experience the carefree bliss of childhood than to go splashing in puddles on a rainy day? While it’s important to teach your children to be responsible and follow rules, every now and then you need to show them that spontaneity is what makes life worth living.
Children have an innate need to explore things with all of their senses and use movement to learn new skills. This is why you should encourage your children to do participate in sensory activities, such as climbing trees, digging in the sand, finger painting, and splashing in puddles any chance you get.
And don’t worry about the mess – hearing your children’s laughter and seeing the pure joy on their faces while they splash around in puddles will make you forget all about washing piles of dirty clothes and removing caked-on mud from your kids’ rain boots.
Whether you choose to take your family on a road trip, go cycling, have a jumble sale in your backyard, build castles in the sand, or jump in puddles, don’t forget it’s your responsibility to set a good example for your children by taking all the necessary precautionary measures and teaching them about the importance of following safety rules.
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