Top Things to Do Outdoors with Kids

Monday July 18, 2016

Summer’s here. School’s out. The kids are home,…long. Lucky you!

When you’re in charge, you don’t want your children to be glued to the TV, video games, or their phones, ESPECIALLY when it’s nice out. 

You need outdoor activity ideas, and you needed them an hour ago.

Well, never fear.

Here are some of the best suggestions for outdoor fun for kids of all different ages that will make you seem like a natural:  

2- 4 Years Old: Children at this age are generally easy to please. Bubbles, stickers, sticks, plants, gardens, animals, running, chalk, bouncy balls – it’s all simple stimulation that is pretty easy to pull off. The tricky part is keeping their attention, keeping them enthusiastic, and just keeping up! With boys especially, there is a RIVER of youthful energy there will wear you both out for nap time.

6-8 Years Old: Kids at this age are a little more savvy, and a little more curious about the world. They’re also ok with going to more educational spots to absorb some fun and interesting knowledge. Trips to museums, aquariums, planetariums, and other such interactive spaces of learning are a must, and can help kids start to grow their intellect too!

9-11 Years Old: This is a magical time in both the life of the child and of their caregiver/parent. They, the kids, are starting to understand the world around them more fully, and want to do the social things teens and adults get to do. Go to the ballpark, play sports, ride bikes all day, hang out with friends – all of these things are common and should be encouraged when you’re planning activities for the day.

Of course, you should always keep a close eye on who they are spending time with, but you can put your efforts almost on autopilot around this age, as children begin to establish healthy relationships and tend to NEED their guardians a lot less.    

After the age of 11, you’re getting into pre-teen and teenager territory. Some kids still love to spend time with their families and start to really develop a sense of purpose at home. Others, well, let’s just say don’t be shocked if their weekends don’t include the one-on-one heart-to-hearts and fun group excursions they used to.

It’s all part of growing up.

No matter what age your child may be, if you’re in need of printing supplies to keep the excitement going, stop into your local Cartridge World for all your needs!