These days during the pandemic, when kids aren’t doing their homework, they are busy playing video games, watching social media, and streaming TV shows. Technology can keep kids hooked to their screens all day. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get your kids outside for fresh air and exercise. Enjoying outdoor activities as a family also provides opportunities to bond and enjoy the smaller yet truer moments of life. Of course, due to the Coronavirus, physical distancing must be maintained even outdoors. Here are a few ways your kids can enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic.
Go apple or pumpkin picking
I have such happy childhood memories of going apple picking with my family in the fall. We came home with a large bushel of freshly-picked apples that we enjoyed eating for several weeks; my mother would also make a delicious apple crisp. If you really want to give your kids a fun day in nature, consider taking them apple picking or pumpkin picking if it is later in October. There is nothing like picking your own fruits to make everyone feel connected to Mother Nature.
Help them create a garden
Even though we are now entering the fall, you can still engage your children in gardening by involving them in planting bulbs for the spring. They will get excited when spring comes around to see the plants sprouting up in the garden. Bulbs that your kids can plant in the fall include daffodil, crocus, tulip, hyacinth, allium, and starflower. Involve your kids in the planning of the garden by having them plant combinations of different coloured flowers.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Visit your local conservation area or provincial park and involve your kids in a nature scavenger hunt. Break up into teams of two and the first team that identifies a list of plants, flowers and bugs win. You can use the Seek app that will identify plants and animals in real-time.
Autumn is a gorgeous time to cycle along bike paths both in the city or at the cottage. While the weather is still good, gather the kids together for a family bike ride. You’ll get to see the gorgeous fall colours while everyone gets their exercise. Some popular biking trails in Toronto are the Beltline Trail, Waterfront Trail, Don Valley Brickworks Park, Wilket Creek Park, Taylor Creek Park.
Riding an Electric car
If you are looking for real fun, try electric cars for kids. These are safe and geared towards early teens because they know how to drive them and have fun with them. You can have a 24v ride on cars in theme parks.
It’s important for kids to get outdoors during the pandemic. Hopefully, the above suggestions will give you ideas to help your kids get some fresh air and stay healthy.