It’s safe to say that we spend lots of time using various forms of technology, but that’s no excuse for kids not to embrace the outdoors on a regular basis and get plenty of exercise. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few unique hobbies — from outdoor paintball to hiking trips — that can make sure your children stay active this year.
In the digital age, we benefit significantly from the continual evolution of modern technology. While this is definitely a huge advantage for many aspects of everyday life and business, it has also made it a lot easier for the current generation to slip into lazy habits.
These days, children spend less time outside than ever before. In fact, a survey in 2016 showed that three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates.
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If you feel that your kids are spending too much time glued to screens and would benefit from an outdoor hobby this year, here are a few unique ideas to pique their interest.
Flying kites is fun, especially if you make one from scratch with your kids. This can help teach the principles of flight. It is interesting that the history of kite flying traces back to eastern China, and that the latest technological advancements in drone flight are coming from China as well. However, the first consumer drone that came to market was from Parrot, a French company, that was brought to market in 2010. Yes, kite flying is fun, but flying a drone with a camera is phenomenal fun for kids.
Choosing a Kid-Friendly Drone
The FAA rules are that any drone 8.8 ounces or heavier must be registered, and it must be flown according to FAA rules. This includes always having your drone within your visual line of sight and using a spotter if you are using FPV (first-person view) goggles. If you want to bypass all FAA rules, then get a drone under 8.8 ounces or only fly indoors where no FAA rules apply. This way, your kid cannot inadvertently be in violation of any federal flight rules. However, if your kid is the responsible type, all drones that you own that require it can be registered directly with the FAA for one fee of $5.00.
Most parents would agree their children spend too much time sat in front of the TV these days. Some kids even position themselves far too close to the screen when using their PlayStations and Xboxes. With that in mind, all moms and dads reading this post should attempt to do everything possible to peel their children away from the television sets. In most instances, adults just need to inspire the little ones or give them an exciting reason to spend time outside. There are some suggestions in this article that should assist in pointing people in the right direction.
Now the weather is brightening up we love to spend much more time outside, especially down at the park and roaming around my dad’s fields. So the perfect accompaniment is of course the i-Spy books. As a child I loved mine and I want baby girl to enjoy them as much as i did.
Last Summer we had a look at some other i-Spy books which included the countryside and beach. This year we are taking a look at Wild Flowers and Every Vehicle on the Road.
There are lots of reasons why you should allow your toddler to spend time in the garden. For one thing, the fresh air can be good for them. The open space allows them to run around and play without restriction. Also, you don’t have to worry about spills and marks when they are playing around in the garden. To make the garden extra fun for your child, here are some things that you can add that your toddler will love. Just be careful to ensure they are safe, and you keep an eye on your child while they are doing the below!
Being active and playing sports is a crucial part of your child’s progress. It’s good to install exercise as part of a daily routine from a very young age. Children should be physically active every single day. This may seem obvious, but it’s easier as they get older to leave them to their own devices. Unfortunately, in the digital world that we live in this, could mean the spend a lot of their time in the front of a screen. A cell phone is never far from a teenagers hand, so it’s only fair that you set the right example. Team sports and fitness will encourage good habits and help keep them healthy. It’s an integral part of their growing up and can be an excellent way to get them socializing and making friends. There are so many different aspects to playing sports. Even when they’re feeling dubious about joining in, you need to encourage them.
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Test and try
You and your child might end up trying ten different extracurricular activities before they fall on something that they like to do. It’s important that you don’t enforce your views on what they should be doing too forcefully. Just because you dreamed of being a ballerina doesn’t mean that they should be one! Try to let everything happen as naturally and don’t discard something because it’s not your choice. Let them be creative and encourage them. Learning to play a new sport is a good way for a child to find out a little more about themselves. It’s also an excellent way for you to get to know them too!