Our little bitty deck attached to the back of our house is probably one of the best things about this house. It’s so great and easy for Lucas to play out there. So great in fact, that he wants to be out there all the time! The summer months were fine….
He would spend all morning out there. Our house was clean, but the deck was full of his toys and works.
He made desserts and water filled pasta cakes. He stacked mountains of plastic utensils and cooking gadgets.
He worked on the car lot. He played with the dog and threw balls into the yard.
And ate crackers. Obviously. Because you know a day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t eat crackers.
Now that Fall is ending and Winter is creeping up on us, being outside is fine, sure. In fact, it’s totally awesome that you want to be outside and I encourage it! But kid, can we not do it at 9 in the morning? It’s freezing!!
In opposite of the title of this post, I think being outside is very important. In any weather, with proper clothes, you can make do. I personally aim for at least 90 minutes a day in the summer. That’s pretty easy to do if you figure you go to the park in the morning and maybe for a walk in the afternoon. Plus, in the summer you normally want to be outside so it’s not too hard to make it happen. In the winter months, I still think it’s important and even if it’s for a short 20 minutes, a little fresh air is better than nothing.
I think the more time kids are outside, the better. There is so much creativity, nature and adventure to be discovered.
How much time do your kids spend outside? What do you think is the ideal amount of time that our kids should be playing outside/going on walks/riding their bikes/playing in the dirt?