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Growing up, I had a lot of kids in my neighborhood to play with. We spent our summer days running from backyard to backyard playing as hard as we could until our little bodies were exhausted. It’s some of my favorite memories as a child.
I want my boys to love the outdoors, to use their imaginations and explore what’s around them. We live on 3+ acres, so they don’t have the advantage of being able to walk outside and instantly finding friends to play with. They are lucky to have each other (I tell them that all of the time) and I encourage them daily to enjoy the outdoors together.
Before I give my tips on ways I’m raising kids to love the outdoors, I want to say it’s all about being comfortable. If my boys aren’t, their time outside will end quickly and it won’t be an enjoyable experience.
Wrangler makes great youthwear for boys. They feature a variety of stylish shorts and jeans in a bunch of different colors and sizes. For example, the outdoor shorts are made with nylon to help wick away moisture (aka sweat) and the clothing is super comfortable. It’s not restricting and can standup to whatever outdoor activity my boys do.
Raising kids to love the outdoors
Unplug and push them outside. If I let my boys, they would stay inside all day playing on their electronics or watching t.v. I know they have busy schedules between sports and school, so I definitely give them downtime. But I’ll set a timer and once it goes off, they are to unplug and go outside. Yes, sometimes I have to push them out the door but when I do they usually find something fun to do together and don’t want to come in.
Take indoor activities, outside. If your kids are like mine, you’ve heard the words “I’m bored” about a thousand times. It’s all about switching up their activities and keeping it fun for them. Instead of reading inside, my boys will take their books out on the front porch. They also love to play games and even do their homework out there. It switches up the scenery for them and allows them to enjoy outside in a different way.
Wrangler’s newest innovation, the 4-way flex technology, makes jeans more comfortable and moves with the kids throughout the day. My boys will usually only lounge for a short period of time before they are off chasing one another. In these jeans, they can still jump, run, and do ninja moves without feeling restricted.
Let them explore. My boys love to go on nature walks. Since we live right next to the woods, we can take advantage of hikes pretty much whenever we want. We’ve found some pretty crazy things like once we found a deer’s skull, which of course they thought was the coolest thing ever! Sometimes we’ll do a scavenger hunt. We’ll make a list of items to find before we head out. This gets them involved on our hike and encourages them to explore their surroundings.
I always make sure my boys wear shorts with pockets when going on nature hikes. They LOVE picking up sticks, rocks, and any other grimy object they can find. I mean, they can’t help themselves! Wrangler’s cargo shorts have lots of pockets so the boys always have a safe place to stash their findings.
Get the whole family involved. You need to set an example for your kids. If they see that you love being outside and you incorporate this into your family life, they will grow up loving the outdoors. I often have a baseball catch with my youngest or play basketball with my oldest. We love going to the park down the street or going on bike rides. When we don’t have sports, we love to take walks with the dog after dinner. My boys really look forward to this.
Go camping. There’s no better way to love the outdoors than to going camping. We started small and used to host a backyard camp out every year for about 8 to 10 families. It was nice to have a bathroom close by and to be able to go indoors if needed. Now, we rough it and do the real camping thing. My boys have an absolute ball! We have an RV trip coming up with Linda from Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps and we can’t wait. 8 people, 5 days in an RV – it’s going to be quite an adventure!
A few more ideas to get the kids to love the outdoors:
- Plant a garden
- Build a fort
- Learn about birds
- Collect and compare leaves, sticks, rocks, etc.
- Go on a nature treasure hunt
- Learn about trees
- Watch the sunset or sunrise
- Use a telescope
- Start a composite
- Camp in the backyard
What are some ways you encourage your kids to love the outdoors? I would love to hear them!
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