During warmer months it is our responsibility as parents to get our children active and outside. It is in their best interest to get a healthy combination of Vitamin D and fresh air. How do we get our children outside and away from the temptations offered by video games and TV? Here are a few fun and interactive activities that moms can use to tempt the little ones. These activities will be fun for everyone and that includes mom.
Art is a great way to keep children entertained for a long time. With a canvass and palette on hand your little one will feel like the next Monet while painting a tree or flowers in the garden. Make sure there is enough shade and that the mess can be cleaned up. Click here for some fun painting activities.
This is one of the best ways to keep your inquisitive little ones occupied. There are cute bug hunting sets available for sale that includes harmless traps and magnifying glasses which will make the hunt more fun. You can go as far as dressing them for the occasion with a little camouflage and perhaps if your hubby owns hunting gear you might want to let your boys use the best long range rangefinder for a true hunting experience. This is fun and will teach them about nature. With the range finder you can actually zoom in and find the bugs much easier. It is the perfect outdoor hunting tool even if it is just used for bugs in the garden.
Cooling off on a hot day
The sun is dangerous and most of the time you don’t want your little one in the sun for too long. Dips in the pool should be limited but that does not stop you from setting up the sprinkler under a tree where there is sufficient shade and allowing your kids to enjoy running through it. I can remember as a child I loved running through the sprinklers as we didn’t have a pool. Take a look at cool sprinkler systems here.
Get down and dirty with a little bit of old fashioned gardening. Kids love playing in the dirt and this can easily be used as an excuse to get them interactive with planting. It is a fun activity but also one where they will learn a skill and see the fruits of their labor. Get a couple of seedlings and let your little ones help you to plant them.
Nothing stops you from hosting a mini Olympic event in your backyard. Look around the house for props that can include hurdles or a mattress for high-jump. This is an activity that is going to make them tired though and on a hot day you want to make sure that they stay hydrated and cool. If any of the events plays out in the sun you might want to use a good sunscreen.