Photograph by GUAN JIANGCHI / SHUTTERSTOCK
Photograph by GUAN JIANGCHI / SHUTTERSTOCK

Tips to Get Your Kids Outside

How can you put your kids in a good mood? Take them outside! Getting kids outdoors might help them feel more relaxed, keep them healthy, and even teach valuable life skills. Use these tips from Nat Geo Family to get the most out of fun in the sun.

START IN THE BACKYARD

See how many of these common backyard animals you and your kids can observe in an afternoon. And see if you spot your state bird. While you’re waiting for wildlife, engage children with these free downloadable activities, such as games, quizzes, and more.
Got More Time? Help your kids observe what happens in small spaces with this hula hoop science project.

TAKE SOME PICTURES

Rev up kids’ observation skills with a photo shoot in a nearby park. Have kids look around for things in nature to photograph, like an animal or even a colorful leaf. Check out this video or article for tips on taking awesome outdoor pics.
Got More Time? Create art out of cool rocks your kids collect. Hunting for the perfect stone is half the fun.

PLAY A GAME

Teach some outdoor sportsmanship with a paper boat race or a challenge to find leaves. Even a game of tag or hide-and-seek will connect your kids to nature (and also wear them out!).
Got More Time? Gardening becomes an extreme sport with this experiment involving seed bombs and slingshots.