Spending time outside with your family can help develop meaningful bonds, promote love and affection, reduce stress, and improve academic performance in children. With busy schedules, however, it can be difficult to find time to enjoy the outdoors. You can enjoy nature and all of its benefits with your family by making an effort to spend more time outside.
Method 1 Planning Fun Activities
1. Visit a park. To find nearby parks, conduct an online search. A day trip to a park, whether it’s a smaller local park or a larger national park, is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours outdoors with your family. If you have young children, consider taking them to an activity-filled location, such as a playground, to keep their attention.
You can plan a camping trip in your own backyard if there are no parks nearby.
Look for county, state, and national parks that you and your family can visit.
Yosemite, Zion, Yellowstone, and Acadia are among the most visited national parks in the United States.
Other national parks around the world include Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park, Turkey’s Göreme National Park, Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park, Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park, the UK’s Brecon Beacons, Australia’s Wilsons Promontory National Park, and New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park.
2. Plan a vacation focused on nature. Instead of going to a theme park or engaging in digital entertainment, consider going fishing, hiking, or camping. Try to limit your use of electronic devices and instead enjoy the natural beauty with your family.
The Grand Canyon, Kauai, Jackson Hole, and Lake Tahoe are all excellent places to go on a nature vacation in the United States.
Other vacation destinations include Norway’s Pulpit Rock, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, and Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.
Look for nearby camping, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching, and fishing opportunities.
Nature-themed vacation packages for families are available from both National Geographic and Discovery.
3. Play a sport or game outside. Discover which games your children enjoy playing the most, and make it a point to play them outside on a regular basis. Talk to your children about what sports they enjoy, and make sure to get the necessary equipment so that your entire family can play together.
Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse are examples of outdoor sports and games.
4. Take walks as a family. Determine a time when the entire family will be together and plan a walk with them. Plan a 20-minute family walk and ask everyone to turn off their cell phones. The more you walk together, the more natural it will feel, and everyone in the family will be encouraged to spend more time outside.
A good time to go for a walk is right after dinner or before you drop your kids off at school.
5. Geocaching is a fun activity to do with your family. Geocaching is a fun electronic scavenger hunt that you and your family can enjoy. You and your family can use a smartphone or GPS to follow the clues of a local scavenger hunt as they lead you to various outdoor locations.
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Method 2 Doing Everyday Activities Outside
1. Set up tables and chairs in the open air. Your family is more likely to spend time outside if there are places to sit and relax. Set out chairs and places for people to sit and relax if you have a yard or garden. Utilize any outdoor space that you have access to. You can host outdoor parties in your front or backyard if you have enough space.
Hanging hammocks will also encourage people to spend time outdoors.
You can also set up a firepit outside for your family to sit and relax around.
2. Cook on the grill outside. You can involve your entire family by assigning everyone a task, such as prepping the food, lighting the grill, and tending to the food while it cooks. You can experiment with grilling your family’s favourite meats, vegetables, and desserts.
3. Set up a movie night in the backyard. If your kids aren’t interested in nature, you can try bringing some technology to your backyard instead. Buy a projector online and place a large white sheet between two trees. Connect your projector to your laptop and watch a DVD or streamed movie. This is an excellent way to get electronic-obsessed children to play outside.
4. Begin gardening with your children. Gardening is a wonderful way to spend time outside with your entire family. Choose a day of the week when you can all spend time outside tending to the garden together.
Grow your own herbs in the family garden!
5. Set aside time to spend with one another. If your family has a busy schedule, it may be difficult to go on all-day nature excursions. If this is the case, make sure you coordinate your schedule with your family members to find a time and date that works for everyone. Even if you don’t have much time during the week, you can still set aside a couple of hours to spend more time in nature as a family.
Instead of watching TV as a family, your family can have a conversation outside.
6. Attempt to move other regular activities outside. Simple activities such as reading, shopping, studying, or eating can all be moved outside. Set the tone for your family by bringing some of these items outside. If you insist on spending more time outside for routine tasks, it will rub off on others.
Method 3 Convincing Reluctant Family Members
1. Speak with your family. Talk to your family and find out what everyone enjoys doing. If they already enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or canoeing, you can participate in those activities as a family. If they don’t enjoy being outside, consider activities that are related to their interests, such as searching for exotic insects, photographing wildlife, picking flowers, or growing plants in a garden.
If your children enjoy animals, take them to an outdoor zoo or safari park.
You can start an outdoor garden if your family is interested in growing fruits and vegetables.
You could say something like this “Hello everyone, I’m going to make an effort for us to spend more time outside in nature. What are your thoughts, and what would you like to do?”
2. Encourage enjoyment. Children are likely to rebel if a harsh regime is imposed on them. Instead of focusing on what your family should be doing, live in the moment and allow your entire family to enjoy it. For example, if you want to finish a long hike but your kids would rather play in the big field, encourage them to have fun rather than obsessing over your pre-determined plans.
Encourage your children to do some parkour on your walks and hikes to make them more enjoyable for them.
3. Discuss the advantages of being outside. Try to persuade them of the benefits, particularly those related to child development. Being outside helps children develop confidence, encourages creativity and exploration, and teaches them responsibility. Being outside in nature can help adults become more physically and mentally fit, as well as reduce stress.
If your child refuses to go outside, say something like, “Being cooped up inside all day is bad for your health and can make you feel even more stressed. Take a two-hour break and relax in the backyard.”
If your spouse is hesitant, say something like “Bill, if the kids see you doing it, they will be more likely to do it themselves. It’s also better for your health and can help you relax. Why don’t you give it a shot?”
4. Consider your child’s or children’s age and temperament. Engage toddlers’ interests and go on nature walks with them. When your children enter grade school, try to keep the activities interesting and include a physical challenge. Teens are old enough to participate in more difficult activities such as canoeing, hunting, hiking, and hiking complex trails. Consider your children’s ages and do something appropriate for their ages.
Toddlers are fascinated by new things such as bugs, plants, and flowers.
Toddlers also enjoy digging holes, so get a shovel and a pail.
You can also teach elementary school-aged children how to catch exotic bugs and amphibians, build forts, camp at night, and climb trees.
You and your teen can go backpacking or do community service together.
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