5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors that the whole family will love!

Spring is finally approaching next month in Australia – hurray! It hasn’t been a bad winter at all but I am looking forward to the warmer weather and we’ve been planning ways to get kids outdoors more.

Since we moved into our new house earlier in the year, we’ve been spending some time getting the garden and deck ready to spend more time outdoors.

As we have two small kids, we wanted to create an space that included a safe, child-friendly and fun playing area for them, a place for dining and relaxing with friends in the evening for us.

So here are our ways to get kids outdoors more:

5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors!

1.  Spring into Spring!

When I was a kid, I begged my parents for a trampoline but never quite persuaded them. We’ve been to a few friend’s houses recently that have them and my 3 year old particularly loved bouncing around so we’ve got one too now. It’s such good exercise, gets the kids outdoors in the fresh air and if you’re lucky, tires them out enough for a full night’s sleep that night!

We’re lucky that our garden has room for this awesome 8 foot springless trampoline from Toy Universe. It doesn’t take up too much space and is the perfect size for our 2 kids to jump away on. It has a safety net and no springs that would be hard on tiny feet.

5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors! Love from Mim

Mr M putting up the trampoline!

The kids have been loving it and my daughter even ‘helped’ put it up! Well, she shouted instructions.

5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors! Love from Mim

Toy Universe has a huge range of kids toys with options for smaller gardens too.

 

2.  Eat Outdoors

We love to BBQ as it’s such a fun and relaxing way to cook and eat.

If BBQs aren’t your thing though, you can still eat outdoors in the warmer weather, whether it’s taking a picnic to the park, fish and chips on the beach or simply eating your dinner outside in the garden – if you have a place to sit of course!

5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors! Love from Mim

If we’re cooking and eating outdoors, it gives the kids a chance to run around, ride their bikes and let off some steam at the same time.

3.  Walk to local parks

It’s so easy to become reliant on having a car to get everywhere but I think it’s so important to encourage the kids to walk outside too. If nothing else, it’s exercise for me too!

4.  Explore Nature

You learn such a lot when looking through the eyes of a child and I love how inquisitive my kids are. My 3 year old notices everything around her such as how the leaves on each tree are different, unusual insects and so much more.

5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors! Love from Mim

They are the kind of things I was interested in as a child but as I got older, I started to take nature for granted. I’m trying to do more to encourage my kids to explore nature and enjoy how beautiful it is. Plus I’m learning all of the things I had forgotten as I’m finding things out for them!

5.  Go Camping!

Ok, let me start by saying that I have never camped. Ever. I think my days of resisting a camping trip are numbered though. It’s only a matter of time before I cave.

I love nature, I love being outdoors and I quite like animals too. Spiders, however, have always terrified me a little bit. A lot actually.

That said, I don’t want to pass my fears onto my kids so one day, I will give camping a go! I love the idea of hiring a Kombi or mobile home for a little more comfort.

5 Ways to get Kids Outdoors! Love from Mim

We are not anti-technology in our house but we do believe in encouraging play and getting active rather than sitting inside watching too much TV or other devices.

Disclosure: Toy Universe very kindly sent us this awesome trampoline in exchange for our honest review. Links are affiliate links meaning if you make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This does but change the price you pay.

These are our favourite ways to get the kids outdoors.

What are your tips on ways to get kids outdoors more?

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11 Comments

  1. 26th September 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Getting kids outside enjoying nature is the single most important thing we can do as parents in my eyes, there are growing links between mental health and time in nature as well as links of attention and inquisitiveness improving with outdoors kids.

    • 27th September 2016 / 2:42 pm

      You’re so right – even spending a little time outside every day helps me too as well as the kids :)

  2. Travis
    8th September 2016 / 1:10 am

    I finally gave in to my kids’ request to get a trampoline for our backyard and wow, I wish I had done it sooner! It has significantly helped in cutting down their time with screens!

  3. 4th September 2016 / 8:22 am

    I can pretty much tick all 5 of these, the trampoline however I must say my kids spend hours outside on ours.

    • 5th September 2016 / 12:23 pm

      My daughter too now – I can’t get her off it :) x

  4. 3rd September 2016 / 6:47 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I think getting children into the habit of enjoying outside is so important. A trampoline is such a good idea, and something which I’m sure will give your girls years and years of fun!
    Like you, I haven’t been proper camping in a tent EVER! I’m an urban girl and have recently moved into the countryside, so I had no choice but to get outside! We spent time in a Yurt last year, a half way house between camping and a caravan. Great to get the kids outdoors!
    Enjoy the summer (here in the UK we’re just finishing ours and it has been great!)
    #TheList

    • 5th September 2016 / 6:47 pm

      I love the idea of a Yurt, it sounds like something I definitely need to try out before braving a tent! x

  5. 30th August 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Moving to apartment style living with only a balcony has proven a huge challenge with two small kids. They really miss their old trampoline. Love that they can play (whilst being safely contained). Can’t wait for summer!!

    • 30th August 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Ah I’m not surprised – I bet you’ll love the warm weather and getting outdoors! x

  6. Maxabella
    30th August 2016 / 1:03 pm

    This is a very timely reminder that we must replace our busted trampoline. The kids have missed it so much!

    • 30th August 2016 / 1:09 pm

      Ha ha ah I bet! This one is awesome and they have other sizes too :)

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