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New Outdoor Adventures to Do with Your Child

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Despite screens being the new books and television being the new nanny, when kids get the chance to be outdoors, they typically love every moment of it. 


With the past few years being full of restrictions, your kids (and you) may be itching to get out and about a little! 


Although restrictions have eased up in many areas, you can never be too careful, which is why we’ve put together a list of new outdoor adventures to do with your child while social distancing… Just to be safe! 


We’ve chosen activities that aren’t too strenuous, so kids of all ages and abilities can partake and enjoy themselves. We’ve also made sure to find things that are a little different from your usual swinging the irons on a mini-golf course or going to the zoo kind of outdoor adventures. 


Of course, you know your children best, so in the end, it’s up to you to choose which adventures would suit your family and make wonderful memories! 


Photo Scavenger Hunt 

Nervous about your kids touching things out there that other people may have coughed or sneezed on? If the idea of a scavenger hunt is off-putting for you because of the touching part (social distancing can only get you so far), try a photo scavenger hunt. 


Instead of collecting physical objects, have your kids go around the neighborhood and take photos of the things on their list. You can get creative here, too - try things like “something lime green”, “something with a criss-cross pattern on it”, or “a small, furry creature”. 


Not only will this get them to practice their powers of observation, but it also gets them to see things from a different perspective and stimulates a bit of creativity with the camera. You can print the photos out later and add them to a scrapbook along with the list! 


Nature Bingo 

Nature Bingo is a similar concept to the photo scavenger hunt and could be a great idea if your kids aren’t old enough to take pics yet. 


Print out a Bingo score sheet and fill it with items that you’re likely to find in the near vicinity. For example, common flowers, animals, birds, cars, leaves, and even people that they may spot along the way. 


Grab your score sheets and a sticker sheet, and head out for a walk. Every time something is spotted, place a sticker over the block on the score sheet. Don’t forget to set a reward for getting a Bingo before you leave the house! 


This is a fun way to teach kids a bit about friendly competition. It’s also a great way to educate them on the local flora and fauna! 


Canyoning 

Somehow, kids aren’t nearly as claustrophobic as adults are! Exploring canyons is a great way to get outdoors without being in anyone else’s space or getting sunburned. 


Canyons are smooth and contoured, and often require some acrobatics to squeeze through small, interestingly-shaped spaces. Choose a canyon hike that’s suitable for beginners, and your kids will love every moment of exploring! 


Make sure there’s no chance of rain, though. Canyons are susceptible to flash floods, so choose to do this on a day on which there are only clear skies. 


Geocaching/Orienteering 

Geocaching is a relatively new kind of outdoor adventure, using GPS to find hidden stashes of exciting things your kids will be fascinated by. 


Once you’ve registered and downloaded the app, it’s time to go hunting for caches near you. This is where it gets super fun. When you find a cache, the rules are to take one thing with you, leave one thing of yours behind, and write about it in the online logbook. 


Kids will find this super exciting (so will adults) and it gets them outdoors, in the fresh air, and having fun while staying socially distanced. 


Stand-Up Paddleboarding 

If your kid’s a water baby, stand-up paddleboarding could be the ideal new outdoor activity for them to try! Kids younger than 5 years old can sit on the paddleboard with you, and kids older than 5 can learn to paddle themselves on a little board. 


Not only is it fun, but it also helps your kids develop a great sense of balance and build strength, which creates an excellent foundation for a healthy lifestyle. 


It’s imperative that your kids know how to swim before you take them stand-up paddleboarding, no matter how old they are and how confident you are in your own swimming abilities! And don’t forget to kit them out with a flotation device. Every. Single. Time. 


Camping Movies 

Camping is fun and every kid should get to spend a few nights in a tent, stargazing and toasting marshmallows around the campfire. 


If your kids are experienced campers and you want to make it a little more exciting, you can do an outdoor movie night while camping in the middle of nowhere! 


Take along a battery-powered projector and play a movie against the side of the tent or take a screen along with you. 


This can be a fun and unusual way to spend some time together out in the wilderness. Just make sure not to play the sound too loud and don’t disturb anyone else who could be nearby (human or animal!). 


Conclusion 

Sure, teaching your kid to putt on a mini-golf course can be fun and a great moment to bond. But in today’s world, there are so many exciting new outdoor adventures to do with your child while social distancing at the same time! 


These ideas will allow you to make precious memories and share bonding moments with your kids that will last for a lifetime. They also have the minimal fuss and minimal worry about coming into contact with others! 


There’s no need to confine yourself to the house, even if you are still nervous about Covid-19. Take precautions, mask up, and be careful, but there’s a whole world out there to enjoy with your kids. Go have fun together! 


About the Author

Jordan Fuller is a golfer and writer who loves the outdoors and sharing exciting, interesting information with others. When he’s not out and about, he’s writing handy, helpful articles for his website, Golf Influence.

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