What are your kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you’re lucky the lake or ocean. As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you don’t have the luxury of a Summer camp, then it’s up to you as a parent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with. While I’m a big supporter of free play, and letting my children come up with their own activities without my prompting- there is something to be said for being prepared to offer Outdoor activity suggestions.
Failing that, your kids might spend all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen and research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of children.
Keeping their health in mind
Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental illness and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental illness, and it’s on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past, remembering when kids were excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.
Joe at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.
This is what it looks like:
From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there’s plenty for the youngsters to get up to. Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.
Guest Post: About Joe
An outdoor enthusiast, Joe is the lead editor at Nature Rated; a website which rates and reviews the best outdoor gear for people who quickly want to know what to get. He believes in no fluff, to the point reviews, which help you choose the right gear for your next adventure.
Whenever daily life gets him down he heads to the nearest lake or river with his kayak and camera spending time recharging his batteries.
Maritza Hobson says
These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Erin B. says
Great ideas! We love being outdoors in the summer months, I definitely want to try some of these with my kids 🙂
Leigh Kitchens says
Love these simple ideas for helping us all enjoy nature. I especially like the one about creating a year long nature table for placing treasures found throughout the year. Another good idea would be a nature scavenger hunt.
Alysha fisher says
Great ideas. 1 thing i do that keeps the kids busy and cool, a spray bottle with some ice and water, and a paint brush. They enjoy ” painting” my step . 😉
Marie Lowther says
These are great ideas! I’ll have to use some of these once my son gets older 🙂