In today’s digital world, too many kids spend their free time sat inside attached to some kind of device. This is ok in moderation but it is also important for youngsters to get outside, enjoy fresh air and socialise with friends. Outdoor play ideas can be tricky as an only child but there are a few fun games and activities that a child can do by themselves outdoors which could lead to meeting other kids.
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Here are a few good options to consider for outdoor play ideas
Fly a Kite
There are few things more fun and joyous than flying a kite. This is an incredibly rewarding activity but also one which will encourage them to get fresh air and exercise and enjoy being surrounded by nature.
Cycling can be a great way to explore your surroundings and it is also a good form of exercise. Not only this, but cycling can teach kids important life skills and how to be safe on the roads.
Skating is also fantastic fun and a good way for a kid to get around. Roller skates are appealing to kids and it could be a good way for them to meet other children as these activities can be highly social around local neighbourhoods.
It may seem fairly old fashioned these days but jump rope can be a great activity for a kid to do by themselves outdoors. It is challenging but fun and rewarding, plus it is a surprisingly good form of exercise that can get your heart rate elevated quickly.
We are massive fans of trampolining. Not only does it have numerous health benefits, it is great fun too.
Yo-yos are always in and out of popularity but there is a good reason that they keep on coming back. They are a great solo activity because there are always new tricks and skills to learn which can keep your mind engaged and it is highly rewarding once you master a new trick. Yo-yos also have the potential to be a social activity too.
Every child should have a creative outlet and there are few better than drawing. Drawing is an activity that they could do outside which they are likely to find peaceful and relaxing while also developing an appreciation for the beauty of the world around them. Other good creative activities that they could do outside include taking photos, painting and journaling.
It is important to encourage your child to get outside in their free time and off of their devices. This is particularly challenging if they are an only child but there are many great solo activities that they could enjoy with the above being just a few. This can also teach them important self-confidence and independence which are areas which many youngsters struggle with. Additionally, many of these activities could help them to socialise and make new friends too.