Before technology, video games, and cellphones, it used to be a lot easier getting kids off the couch and outside during the day. Today, it’s hard to compete with interactive video games available right on tablets, TVs, phones, and laptops. Many families fall victim to the captivation of technology, and fail to push their kids to get off the couch and go outside to play.
The benefits of having your kids play outside are numerous. To start, it has been proven that having children play outside with other children, cousins, and siblings improves their sociable skills before they begin school. By partaking in outdoor activities with other kids, they will inevitably make friends, learn to make up games, coordinate games, and chat with their pals about their lives. It’s invaluable social exposure that too many kids miss sitting on the couch.
The next is from a more physical standpoint, obviously being that playing outside is good for your kid’s health, as well as their stress levels. It’s common to assume children have no stress, but this isn’t always the case. If they struggle to read, don’t fit in with other kids, or suffer from ADHD-related disorders, having them play outside will actually increase their attention span while burning down their excess energy reserves. It’s even been proven to increase vision capabilities, whereas staring at tablets at a young age degrades sight and leaves kids needing glasses before they reach adulthood.
The list goes on. If you agree your kids need to get off the couch, but you’re out of ideas for how to get them off the couch, here are a few recommendations.
- Pets: Every kid loves a pet, and pets need the outdoors. Having a family dog means playing fetch, going for walks, and plain running around outside until your kid’s feet hurt. It’s a sneaky way to get them excited about the outdoors.
- Kids Trampoline: It’s hard to compete with video games, which means an interactive and engagingly fun activity, like mini or rectangle trampolines, will definitely entice your kids to get moving outside.
- Parks: Take your kids to the park! It’s good to develop exercise routines as an entire family. It’ll teach your kids about the importance of fitness and outside immersion moving forward.
With summer approaching, consider these tips for getting your kids effectively off the couch and out into the great outdoors!