Fun Outdoor Activities for Happy, Healthy Children
My little ones could spend their days running around outside. It does not bother them in the slightest whether the weather is good or not. Every year, I have a list in my head, full of the things I want to do with the little ones before the end of summer. I don’t tick anything off or get upset if we don’t do all the activities I had in mind, but I love it when we manage to spend a lot of time together doing fun activities outdoors, away from screens and day-to-day worries.
My five criteria for those outdoor activities are nice and simple
• No equipment needed
• No preparation required
Here is our little list, in no particular order:
Our Top 10 Free Outdoor Activities
1. Have a piggy back race
2. Do a forward roll on the grass or sand
3. Climb a tree
4. Who can walk the longest with something on their head?
5. Skim stones
6. Swing as high as you can in the play park
7. Learn to do a cartwheel or a headstand
8. Who can throw a shoe the furthest?
9. Pretend you’re a cat, monkey, rabbit, penguin, frog or any other animal you can think of
10. Go for a walk and pick wild flowers, spot bugs or collect leaves
We get a fair few opportunities for outdoor fun whilst visiting family in the summer. Strung together, our photos form a visual diary of our holidays. I particularly enjoyed capturing my children interacting with each other, unaware of the camera.
Every chance they got, Crevette and Beanie are keen to climb trees. Most of the time, hubby was lifting them up and holding them there for safety. When we got to the park in the village where I grew up a few summers ago, one of the trees was low enough for them to climb by themselves. They were 3 and 6 years old and they had the time to their lives!
Beanie is getting more and more confident at climbing trees in my mum’s garden. Check her out in the cherry tree last August!
I love pretending I am 5 years old (wishful thinking!) and doing forward rolls on the grass with the kids, although I have to say I am not as graceful as I once was. I attempted teaching the little ones how to do a cartwheel and a headstand. I had not done that since secondary school and I was rusty (to say the least)! I envy the little ones: they are so flexible and fearless!
One of my favourite moments that summer was when my brother and I had a piggy back race with the children. He beat me every time!
Crevette, Beanie Jumpy and Wriggly love collecting fruit, nuts and eggs in my mum’s garden. They found all sorts of bugs with their uncles and really enjoyed having a good look at them with a magnifying glass. They picked flowers for their Mamie (nan) as well.
My children all love throwing stones in the sea or river. Hubby taught me how to skim stones a few years ago and I find it soothing and addictive in equal measures.
Going on the swings is one of Jumpy’s favourite things. The higher she goes, the happier she is, the louder the screams of delight. Look how diddy she was here!