Outdoor kids are happier, healthier and smarter!

A generation or two ago all parents were raising outdoor kids, but things have changed and these days kids are spending the majority of their time indoors. I’m not going to dive into the “hows” and “whys” that got our kids stuck inside. Instead, let’s look at why getting outdoor kids are happier, healthier and smarter.

I recently shared five reasons for raising outdoor kids over on the Backwoods Mama blog. Hop over and have a read.

Fun winter activities for the whole family.

It’s winter. The days are short. It’s cold, windy, snowy or wet (or all the above). I’m convinced that getting everyone dressed and outside in the winter should be an Olympic sport!

One of the best ways to motivate your family to get outside in the winter is to have some special winter activities to look forward to. Things like skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and skating are fun for the whole family. Another fun idea is to take part in Winter Festivals in your community or have your very own Winter Festival at home.

Invite winter critters to your yard.

Sometimes winter can feel so dark and bleak. Make winter special by inviting little visitors into your yard. Kids enjoy watching birds and squirrels and it’s a great learning opportunity too.

  • Make bird feeders or squirrel feeders
  • Build a birdhouses using recycled materials, such as boxes, soda bottles, milk cartons, tea cups, and trays
  • Incorporate the feeders and houses in the natural spots in your yard (trees, bushes, etc.)
  • Download a birding phone app like iBird or AudubonBirds.

Camping Reservations

Camping with the kids is a fun and affordable way to travel and spend some time in the great outdoors. It might seem early for camping reservations but campgrounds across Canada and the USA are already booking up. Book early so you don’t miss out on your favourite campground.

For folks looking to camp in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada here’s a helpful post from Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies: 2018 Campsite Reservation Guide for Alberta and BC.

Read about one of our favourite places to camp: Camping and Hiking with Kids at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, BC.

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