Back in the day, kids played outdoors all day long. Now you're more likely to find kids gathered around the computer, playing video games or watching television.
Vitamin D is essential to help kids grow strong bones. Most of us don't get enough vitamin D in our diets, but 10 to 15 minutes outdoors each day will help fight vitamin D deficiency.
Kids can improve their motor skills by spending time outdoors. Most of us have rules about running and jumping inside but when kids are outdoors, they can run and play to their heart's content.
Visit your local park or playground or let your kids play in the backyard. Invite other families over and enjoy an afternoon of backyard fun. Take a hike in the mountains or a walk at the shore.
Kids can learn to love nature by spending time outdoors. Nature hikes are a great way to teach kids about trees, leaves and wildlife. Encourage your child's interest in nature by taking a walk on the wild side.
Kids can use their imagination when they play outdoors. A group of trees becomes a fortress or a hideout. Playing tag or other running games are lots of fun for kids of all ages.
Pick wildflowers in the yard, gather treasures from nature to make a centerpiece for your table or watch the sun rise or set together.
The freedom of outdoor play doesn't have to be lost in our quest to keep kids safe. Pull up a chair to watch or join in the fun of outdoor play.
Think back to your own childhood and recall the fun you had playing with the kids in your neighborhood. Plan an outdoor play date this week to let your kids experience the same fun.
Ride bikes or take a hike. Play tag or kickball. Run and play in the backyard. No matter what the season is, it's always the right time to play outdoors.