Kids hear often enough that they need to use quiet voices and walking feet in the house or in the school. When we get kids outside let them be kids! Let them run and yell, and be kids.
They need to get that energy out. That’s part of the reason why recess is so important in school. Once they get to be kids outside: having fun, yelling, running, etc; they can concentrate a lot better.
Let Kids Be Kids Outside
Tag is so much fun when you can run as fast as you want. The energy they burn off now will also help their bodies to still calmer at the dinner table or sleep more soundly at bedtime. There are a lot of different versions of tag too. Introduce them to some of them, it will keep the game fresh.
Let them make mud pies with some extra things from your kitchen. A container that you lost the lid to will make the perfect mixing bowl. A spoon that you won’t miss from the drawer.
Hide and Seek
There are so many places to hide outside when your a child with an active imagination… and when you think you can hide behind the truck of a tree.
The great thing about chalk is that it washes away with just water. It doesn’t matter what your kids draw on – sidewalk, trees, toys, etc.
We like to go to the playground at least once a week, in the summer, very early in the morning, because the equipment can get really hot.
My biggest piece of advice here is to let your kids be. Remember how much you loved the playground as a child and let your children love it too. Hubby sits back and cringes as our kids play, but he remembers how much he loved it, and how much they love it.
As a parent it can be hard to let your kids do things that you know can hurt them at some point, but they need to be kids.
Other things for to do outside:
Soccer. Baseball. Kite flying. Science experiments (really get their minds working). The possibilities are endless.