Spring is finally here, hurray! Hopefully we’ve all recovered from the clocks going forward at the weekend. Losing an hour of sleep never feels very good, but it does have one major benefit. Now that we are in British summer time, we have lovely light evenings, meaning more time to spend in the great outdoors.
After a winter of being cooped up indoors in front of the fire most of the time, it feels great to feel the warmer sun on my skin. Spring time is one of my favourite times of the year. It feels fresh, and there is a renewed sense of energy. It’s always this time of year that I feel most inspired to get outside and start being active again. It’s also a great time to get the kids active again, too.
I try to encourage an active lifestyle for my children all year round, but now that it’s getting warmer we definitely feel like getting outside more. I’ve put together some ideas for getting kids active this spring, to help encourage the whole family to get off the sofa and in to the great outdoors!
Many of you may have had Easter egg hunts this weekend, and I’m sure the kids loved it. Well, geocaching is like an egg hunt on a giant scale! There are ‘caches’ hidden all over the world for you to find, filled with interesting things. The idea is that when you find a cache, you take something from it, and add something of equal value in to it. It’s easy to get in to geocaching, you can download an app which will show you all of the caches in your area, and gps tracking will point you in the right direction. Some are easy to find, while others take a little more looking, but it’s always exciting when you find one you’ve been looking for!
Whether you are in the city, or deep in the countryside, geocaching can encourage your children to get outdoors and go on their own treasure hunt. Go out for an epic walk with a difference! Find out more about geocaching by reading these great posts from My Two Mums, Truly Madly Kids & Mum of Three Musketeers.
A lot of wildlife and bugs hibernate or rest over the colder months. Now that the weather is getting warmer, the natural word around us comes alive. I saw my first bumble bee of the year yesterday, which is usually an indication of a change in the air. Why not get outside together and go on a nature walk. Hunt for bugs, track down wildlife, or just go out and see if you can spot some lovely spring wildflowers. Have a mini scavenger hunt, print out a list of things to spot and see if anyone can find them all!
Do Some Gardening
Now is the perfect time to start planting seeds in the garden, and it’s a great way to keep kids active. Digging holes, carrying compost, watering plants and flowers, it’s a great way to get a bit of a work out without even realising it! Because gardens take time to grow, this will be an activity that the family can enjoy all through the warmer months. The BBC have some great resources for gardening with the kids.
I’m sure most children have a bike or a scooter, but have you tried Inline skates? Inline skating is making a bit of a comeback, and no wonder. Not only is it a fantastic exercise, and great for balance, but it’s also a lot of fun. Online stores like Proline Skates have a large range of inline skates for children and adults, starting at £34.95. Make sure you have a helmet and pads to keep yourself protected from bumps and falls!
Do you have any tips for getting kids active this spring? I’d love to hear them!