There are so many great ways to spend time outdoors with toddlers. From impromptu picnics in the park to nature trails, it’s easy to find something that will keep you and your little ones physically active while enjoying quality time together. On top of all the fun, it’s also about providing your child with more opportunities to explore the natural environment in their early years. Continue reading to discover the benefits of including outdoor activities in your child’s schedule and how you can start making the most out of their time outdoors.
Benefits of Physical Outdoor Activities for Children
At a young age, children are naturally curious, inquisitive and adventurous. Studies have shown that children below the age of 2 learn less from watching a video as compared to face-to-face learning. As we have previously emphasised the importance of reducing screen time for your child, outdoor play will enable him or her to discover more enjoyable activities under your guidance while limiting the use of digital devices.
Taking your child’s playtime outdoors can also help to nurture their motor skills, develop greater spatial awareness, build confidence and improve their social interaction with others.
Want to equip your child with the valuable experiences they need for optimal development and well-being? Here are some family-friendly ideas to get you started.
5 Awesome Outdoor Activities with Toddlers
1. Plant a seed
If you have a backyard, why not try growing plants with your child? For many parents, teaching your child how to garden can be one of the most rewarding experiences. It’s also an opportunity for your toddler to learn patience and responsibility as they nurture the seedlings into beautiful green vegetables or colourful flowers. What better way to teach your child these important life lessons than by starting a garden from scratch together?
2. Set up a sensory bin
Sensory bins are also easy to set up in your balcony or backyard. Starting with a container, you can add in anything from sand and beads to foamy water and mud to personalise this hands-on activity every time. From textures to colours, these simple tools can stimulate imaginary play and enhance your child’s creativity.
3. Take your child to the beach
This is another fun way to introduce your toddler to varied sensory experiences through sand and seashells. Bring along a bucket and some spades to get set for a sandcastle-building adventure.
4. Head down to your local park
Besides getting a breath of fresh air, this is the best place to immerse your child in a game of hide and seek. When your child manoeuvres, climbs and runs around, they improve their fine and gross motor skills. Don’t forget to pack some picnic food just in case your child gets hungry after a fun-filled day. Drop in your favourite snacks too!
5. Or simply take your everyday activities outside
Whether it’s your child’s everyday meals or storytime, simply having it in the great outdoors can make a difference. If you have ample space in your backyard, there are also tons of things you can do to surprise your child on a regular basis. From arranging little scavenger hunts to setting up a camping tent for the night, these spontaneous outdoor activities can help your child become a confident and independent learner over time.
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