Healthy Backyard Activities for Out of School Kids

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Healthy backyard activities are a must for recently out-of-school kiddos. Here are some great ideas that you can implement that will keep them busy.

Now that the weather has changed and summer is in full swing, now is the best time to try some new healthy backyard activities for the whole family. By embracing the summer season and getting outside, you’ll find that healthy activities don’t need to be boring or feel like mandatory exercise.

At present, so many children spend time in front of a television screen, phone, or tablet. Spending time outside provides incredible benefits. For example, did you know that just 20 minutes in nature significantly improves your mood? Physical activity releases happiness hormones that increase well-being and reduce depression. Activity strengthens the cardiovascular system, and kids sleep better at night.

In other words, active kids are happy kids!

Now, if it’s a rainy day, check out Healthy Indoor Activities for a Rainy Day. However, on a sunny day, get those kids outside for healthy backyard activities.

Plant a Garden

Although gardening may not be the first activity that comes to mind when you think of summer outdoor activities, it’s more of an aerobic workout than you might suspect. From bending down to tend to various plants to reaching and twisting to pull weeds, gardening is an excellent form of exercise. Growing your own produce also comes with the upside of incorporating fresh vegetables into your kids’ meals!

Get a Waterslide

If you have a large backyard, a backyard waterslide will bring you and your family lots of fun and is perfect for hot summer afternoons.  Your family will be sure to slip and slide into fun!

Backyard Obstacle Course

Why didn’t we do this when we were kids! A backyard obstacle course can easily be created using cones, sticks, a hula hoop, and other items from your garage or backyard to create fun obstacles. The website Playtivities has lots of great ideas on how to create your own DIY obstacle course.

Backyard Games

Hide and go seek anyone? Kids tend to love easy-to-play backyard games. These are the classic outdoor activities you remember from childhood, from freeze tag to Red Rover. Teach your kids how to play and see if they can invent their own versions and variations. And if it’s dark out? Time for ​night games!

Scavenger Hunt

In your backyard, send your kid on a hunt to find certain items, such as a dandelion, a four-leaf clover, or a ladybug. This type of activity requires using different senses and can help develop skills that make physical activity enjoyable later in life. Plus, your kids will love it!

One More Thing

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