Encouraging Your Kids to Spend More Time Outside in the Winter

Being outside is very good for everyone’s health and well-being. Even in the colder months, it is important to get out there and take advantage of the fresh air. Provided you stay dry and warm your body. Exposure to flora and fauna has been shown to boost the immune system. Plus, walking or playing outside when it is cold burns off a few extra calories and helps to maintain your fitness levels. So, how do you set up things so that your kids can still get out into the garden in the winter?

Let them help with winter gardening tasks.

Most kids do not mind spending an hour each week helping you with gardening tasks. It is not hard to make jobs like raking up the leaves, aerating the lawn and feeding it quite a bit of fun. You can easily buy what you need here and get those jobs done before it gets too cold. If you have chickens or a greenhouse, get the kids involved in looking after those too.

Set up play areas on your hard standing.

In the winter months, you need to keep everyone off the grass. Doing so will prevent bald patches from developing. It will also help your lawn to spring back into life when the weather warms up.

However, that need not mean that your kids cannot continue to play ball games. If you have a patio, set up a basketball hoop there or maybe a swing ball. You can buy concrete stands that make this possible. If your patio is smooth enough they can play skittles or boles instead. With a bit of chalk, your kids can always play hopscotch. They could perhaps draw out a checkers board on the patio or drive and use everyday objects as the game pieces.

Let them play on the trampoline.

If you have a trampoline and it is made of good quality materials the kids can continue to use it in the winter. When it snows it is best not to let more than a few inches settle on the trampoline. You will also need to consider whether it is set up in a sheltered enough spot to stay in place during high winds. But, apart from that, a trampoline can be left up and used even in the winter months.

trampoline with safety net in a back garden

Consider getting a patio heater.

A patio heater is a great way to encourage the whole family to spend a bit of extra time outdoors. It is surprising what a difference they make. You do not want it to get knocked over while the kids are playing, so think about this when deciding where to set it up.

Eat outside.

On the warmer days, cook lunch and eat it outside. You will be surprised by how pleasant this is. A lot of people also continue to barbecue in the winter. It is not that different from barbecuing during the summer and is a lot more fun than it sounds. You could even invite a few friends around. But, bear in mind that if it rains everyone will need to eat inside when deciding how many people to invite.

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