Playing outside is essential for children, but there are some who would rather sit on the couch instead of play outside. Here are some ways to get the kids outside and having fun.
If you haven't already, invest in a trampoline for the kids either for a birthday or Christmas present. The trampoline is the perfect activity for kids of all ages. You can play heaps of different games on it and kids love to bounce.
Make the park your best friend. Don't sit on the sidelines and watch your kids play. Play with them, be silly and go down the slide, have a turn at the monkey bars or go on the swing with them. My boys enjoy it much more when I act like a kid myself and join in.
During the holidays, make the most of kids being at home and have a picnic outside. I find that my kids actually eat more and properly if we make it fun and sit on a picnic blanket outside, and even bring a few toys along. Make something healthy and make provide a tasty dessert, fruit kebabs, chocolate mousse or low fat yoghurt.
Purchase lots of outdoor toys such as skipping ropes, balls, chalk, water guns, etc. Set them up outside in the morning and once the kids are dressed and ready, have fun with the games outside.
Enjoy the sunlight while it lasts. Remind your kids how boring rainy days are, so make the most of the sun and get out there.