It seems the more time passes, kids’ attention spans seem to keep shrinking and shrinking. Especially since the prominence of advanced technology and games, it’s only getting harder to convince them to spend time outside to play with friends. Don’t let your backyard become just another waste of a great space, since it is an amazing place for kids to enjoy nature and have a bit of outdoor play.
If you have a large backyard, there is also the potential for exercise and other fun physical activities there. Here are some tips on keeping it fun in the backyard so that the kids will want to come back every time.
- Get A Trampoline: Not only are they one of the best backyard accessories to have, but they tend to last a long time. Trampolines encourage kids to exercise and enjoy themselves at the same time. Jumping on a trampoline exercises muscles in the legs and thighs, while having less risks of spraining compared to running and cycling. Trampolines will wall guards are even more ideal to keep children safe from unwanted falls and bumps.
- Fitness Apps: There are many apps available on smartphones that can entertain children and encourage to move and be active even within a small space such as a backyard. Children’s fitness apps such as MotionMaze is an amazing example; it is an app that features puzzle games children can solve by performing physical activities and walking within a room or a designated space.
- Cubby House: Cubby houses don’t have to be something left in the past. Emulate camping and have a sleepover in cubby houses with your child or even host a sleepover or a kids’ movie party with their friends to encourage them to spend time in the backyard for longer periods. It doesn’t have to take weeks and months to build a cubby house like it used to, simply get a cubby house kit which allows you assemble a complete cubby house within just a day or two. If your child is a little older and can understand instructions and basic tools, you could try building the cubby house with them as your helper or assistant.
- Train Pets: If you have pets at home, the backyard is the ideal place for them to exercise and learn tricks from you and your children. Not every child will think of training their pet or would initially want to (especially if the excitement wore off), but there is a way to motivate them. Offer rewards for both your child and the pet for the time they take training and for new tricks learned. Supply them with training materials and treats for your household pet and watch them become an amazing trainer. This beneficial for your child as it teaches them to be more responsible and ultimately, your pets will be healthier and have more tricks to brag about. Future guests will be impressed.
It can be challenging to get kids outside most of the time, especially in an enclosed space such as a backyard as the things that traditionally interested them have changed. Take the opportunity to connect your backyard or the outdoors with technology or something your child already loves so that they could have a great time there.