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We know kids should play outside, right? Right….If you need a refresher you can read this article about the ever growing importance of outdoor play.

If you don’t believe me or just LOVE learning about the benefits of outdoor play then here are some additional articles you can dive into.

5 Big Benefits of Outdoor Play

Elia at ConservaMom highlights the 5 of the biggest benefits of outdoor play. She discusses how being outside impacts social, emotional and physical health of our kids.

 

5 Reasons to Play Outside Even When it’s Cold

Yes, you heard that right. Even when it’s COLD outside. Kids should be…outside.

Thank you to Lisa from Biscuits and Grading (fellow mom blogger and teacher!) for having my back on this whole “getting your kids outside even if it isn’t perfect weather” mantra.

 

Outdoor Play Tips To Get (And Keep) The Kids Outside!

Thank you Rachel from A Mother Far From Home for this one.

 

One of my absolute favorite concepts is the 1000 Hours Outside Challenge which was created to counteract the fact that we are loosing approximately 1200 HOURS of childhood to SCREENS.

This challenge encourages us to match screen time with outdoor time.

Okay…..But sometimes they would rather sit inside and watch T.V.

Or it’s raining.

Or too hot.

Or you don’t have a backyard so you struggle to find outdoor activities that you could easily enjoy.

Or you love being outside with your kids, but you can’t, for the life of you, think of anything new to try.

Here is a list of 30 articles that provide some great ideas to make it easier for you to get your kids outside (even when it’s raining, too hot, too cold…..)

  1. 100 Simple Things to do Outside with Your Kids
  2. 25 Ideas to Get Your Family Active Outside
  3. Nature Activities for Teens
  4. 30 Simple Spring Outdoor Activities for Kids
  5. The Ultimate Gear Guide
  6. How to Hike with Kids and Actually Enjoy It
  7. Nature Walk Must Haves 
  8. 5 Ways Kids Can Experience Science This Summer
  9. 10 Ways to Bring City Kids Closer to Nature
  10. 20 Super Cool Ideas for Backyard Fun for Kids
  11. 5 Adventurous Play Ideas to Conquer Childhood Fear
  12. Getting Started Foraging With Kids
  13. 10 Tips for Exploring Nature with Toddlers and Preschoolers
  14. Environmental Projects for Kids Who Believe in Better
  15. 7 Ways to Encourage Imaginative Play Outdoors
  16. Outdoor Treasure Hunt for Toddlers
  17. Outdoor Color Match Activity 
  18. DIY Stepping Stones
  19. 10 Ways to Tempt Your Kids to Go Outside and Play
  20. Scavenger Hunt Printable
  21. 101 Outdoor Family Bonding Activities 
  22. Craft: Decorating a Walking Stick
  23. DIY Bird Feeder Craft & Bird Watching Tips for Outdoor Fun
  24. A Backyard Camping Trip – The Best Way To Introduce Kids to the Camping Experience!
  25. Gardening with Kids
  26. 5 Things to Bring for a Day in the Park
  27. How to Create a ‘Yes Space’ Outdoors (When You Don’t Have a Yard)
  28. 25+ Water Play Activities For Kids
  29. 9 Must Have Screen-Free Outdoor Toys to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning
  30. How to Get Kids Outside During the School Year

If you’re looking for more information about the importance of play and tips to reorganize your playroom check out my e-book:

 Simply Play: Everything You Need To Know About The Most Important Part of Childhood which you can buy here for only $4.99.

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