Entertaining children doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. Kids are inquisitive creatures who enjoy adventure and creativity and there are many inexpensive, or free activities that can keep them amused for hours. Why not try some of the following ideas. You may be surprised by how much fun you have as a family.
Feed the Duck
Don’t throw out stale bread. Take it to a nearby river, or pond and feed the local ducks. Children love being close to animals and are fascinated by bird behaviour. White bread doesn’t have much nutritional value, so bring along some more natural treats like corn, oats, grapes, or peas as well. And always remember to supervise kids around water.
Enrol your children in a sporting activity, such as a soccer clinic, Little Athletics, dance classes, or karate lessons. Not only will they be having fun, but they’ll also be getting fresh air, exercise and learning new skills.
Most kids love the water, especially as the weather starts to warm up. Head to the beach, or to your local swimming pool. Join a swimming club, or if your children are more adventurous, you might consider joining a surfing, canoeing, diving, or junior sailing club.
Fly a Kite
Kites are a cheap way of having fun. You can buy one, or even better, make your own. Watch your child’s eyes light up with amazement as their new kite flutters in the breeze and dives through the air.
Pack a Picnic
Kids love the adventure of eating outdoors and a picnic is a great way to spend time with your family in the open air. Pack some healthy homemade rolls or sandwiches, fruit, a flask of tea and a comfy rug. Then head to your local park, playground, or beach for the afternoon.
Take a Ride
A sad fact of modern life is that most children are driven everywhere by car. But cycling can be a fun way to get around and an easy way to exercise. Take a family bike trip to your favourite playground, to the beach, or just around the block. Small children can sit in a child-seat attached to an adult’s bike, or ride on a child’s bike attached by a bar to an adult’s bike. Always wear a helmet and stay on bike tracks where possible.
Catch the Bus, Train, or Tram
While 80% of children are driven to school, few have stepped on a bus, train, or tram. Plan a trip to a fun destination using public transport. You may even be able to plan a bus there and a train back. Kids will love the adventure of trying a new form of transport.
Gardening can be a great way for children to spend a few hours outside. With a pair of gloves, they can help pull out weeds and sprinkle the flowers with a small watering can. Or why not buy some seeds and sow a vegetable patch together. Your kids will love watching their plants spring to life over the following months.
Kids love to keep active and it’s important for them to burn off their excess energy. Research your local area and discover what other healthy activities there are for children, including sports clinics, holiday camps, learn-to classes, night vision walks, horse riding and abseiling, to name a few. And with all that fresh air and exercise, your kids are bound to sleep well at night.