When our busy adult lives start to take their toll, we often forget how important it is to be playful and have fun. Adults need playtime just as much as children do and the best way to add more fun to your life is to do more exacting activities that involve the whole family.
Making an effort on how to be adventurous as a family will not only bring out your inner child but will also help you connect with your loved ones in a more meaningful way and strengthen family bonds.
Have a picnic
Organizing a family picnic is a fun and easy way to spend quality time with your family. Picnics are a great opportunity to leave the usual distractions like electronic gadgets at home and focus on each other. Plus, the kids will love helping you prepare snacks and pack a picnic basket, which means more chance for bonding as a family.
Since you’ll be spending a day out in nature you should make the most of it by engaging in various physical activities with your kids, like playing hide-and-seek, tossing a Frisbee, hula hooping, playing ring toss or flying a kite.
Take a road trip
Who doesn’t like going on a road trip? No matter what age you are, road trips will help you rediscover your sense of adventure. Unlike going on a package holiday, taking a road trip doesn’t require you to follow a strict time schedule or an itinerary.
You and your family have the freedom to choose where you want to go and plan the whole trip together. This will teach your children how to be spontaneous and appreciate the journey, not the destination.
As long as you make safety a priority, you can go anywhere you like and make memories that your children will cherish for life.
Riding a bicycle is a fun, low-impact form of exercise that has numerous health benefits, regardless of your age. Cycling regularly will help your children maintain healthy body weight, strengthen muscles, relieve school stress, teach them to be independent, and improve their confidence level.
Adults can also benefit from going on frequent bike rides. Studies have shown that going on frequent outdoor cycling trips serves as an immune system booster and slows down the ageing process.
As with any outdoor activity on wheels, you need to make sure you take necessary safety measures. A bicycle alone is not enough – you also need to invest in quality kids bike helmets. Children are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet, so make sure the helmet is lightweight and comfortable enough for your child to wear all day. It’s also a good idea to get a pair of cycling gloves for everyone to protect the palms from scrapes and cuts in case of a fall.
Explore the night sky
If you live in the countryside or on the outskirts of a city where light pollution is low, you mustn’t miss out on the opportunity to go stargazing with your kids. Exploring the night sky is not only fun but also educational as it’s an ideal chance to teach your children about astronomy and encourage critical thinking.
If you don’t have an outdoor telescope, a simple pair of binoculars will do. You can also bring along a children’s astronomy book, some paper and a pack of crayons to make constellation charts, and a blanket to keep you warm. The best time to go stargazing is on winter nights when the moon is new and the air moisture is low. You can also schedule your stargazing adventure during a meteor shower and have fun making wishes every time you spot a shooting star.
Go fruit picking
Children growing up in urban environments are often disconnected from nature and know where little about where the food comes from. Given the alarming fact that children and teens now regularly spend up to seven hours staring at screens, it’s hugely important to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and restore their innate connection with nature.
Going fruit picking is a great way to teach your children how to appreciate the food on their plates and have fun in nature. Use this opportunity to teach children how to identify different plant species and show them how much work is involved in getting produce from farm to table.
As your children have fun picking fruit, you can also tell them how important it is to take care of the environment, respect nature, and support your local food system.
Whether you choose to take your family on a road trip, go cycling, or have a jumble sale in your backyard, make sure you set a good example for your children by taking precautionary measures and teaching them the importance of following safety rules.