Getting outside, whatever the weather, is something I have always (and will continue) to encourage my girls in. Sudocreme are running a Play More campaign is to encourage parents to get their children outdoors, after a recent survey showed that children are losing touch with nature, thanks to spending over eleven times the time outside in front of a screen.
We were sent the My Little Adventure Pack complete with a Play More t-shirt, sun hat, bug Pot, frisbee, butterfly net, magnifying glass and trowel.
The idea was for it to inspire us to get outdoors; and as my girls love to play in the mud, dig for treasure, and of course look under logs and other dark spaces for bugs, the contents were right up their street. We had so much fun playing together this summer and I know that was mostly because we spent so much time outside of the house in each other's company. So with that in mind, here are my top five reasons to encourage your family to get outdoors too.
1. Being outside is good for you
Not only does it clean your lungs and help to strengthen your immune system, but fresh air actually makes you happier as the greater levels of oxygen increase serotonin levels (that's the happy hormone!) I find that my girls argue less, have fewer tantrums and are much nicer to each other and to me when they are outside.
2. Being outside keeps you fit and healthy
Leading a healthy lifestyle is super important from the things that you eat to excessive to keep your body fit. Allowing your children to play, scoot, bike, run and just be outside in general will keep their minds working, their bodies exploring and ensure they are fit and healthy both physically and emotionally.
3. Being outside can teach responsibility
Just because you're outside doesn't mean you have to go on some big adventure exploring the wilds and countryside. Simply heading out into the garden and nurturing plants, watering flowers and more can not only give your children an opportunity to learn about the garden and things within it, but also gain a bit of responsibility by taking care of their own plants.
4. Being outside allows you to explore and learn
My girls love to learn new things, and being outside is the best way to learn. From pond dipping, to learning why the leaves change colour and fall in autumn, there are so many things to teach your children when they are outside. You can learn together about different creatures that live in the area you are exploring, do bark rubbings and draw pictures of the things you find.
5. Being outside makes everyone happy
My Uncle and Aunt run a forest school called Stocks Wood Outdoor Centre and there my girls have had the opportunity to learn about different creatures, flowers and explore nature whilst also have fun in the mud kitchen and learning how to make fire. Seeing them exploring and being completely free-range made them and me so happy. It is the same every time we go out, from big adventures like our visits to Stocks Wood to small trips to the local park.
Being outdoors is great for everyone, so even if you think the weather is against you, wrap up warm, pop on a coat and wellies and go jump in a few puddles. I promise it will be worth it. If you have any questions about getting outdoors and ways to encourage your children to do so which I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: I was sent a My Little Adventure Pack as part of the Sudocrem Play More campaign in return for writing about why we should get our children outdoors. The post words and opinions are my own. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.