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Five ways to get the kids away from the TV and active outdoors

Dragging the kids away from their television, games console or computer can feel like an uphill struggle.

However, it’s important not to give in, as getting them to be active outdoors is vital for both physical and mental wellbeing. While the kids might be resistant at first, they normally end up having a great time once you’ve managed to get them up and out the door.

Here are five ways you can take your little ones away from the screen and into the open air.

Go for a bike ride 

When it comes to family activities, cycling ticks all the boxes. It’s healthy, good for the environment and everyone can join in. If you’ve got very young children why not start teaching them how to write a bike?

A game of footy

There are football-mad kids all across the country and if your youngsters love the beautiful game, why not take them for a kick around? While children might enjoy playing football-based computer games or watching matches on TV, there’s nothing quite as much fun as playing the game itself.

Go natural

Nature is all around us regardless of where you live and getting kids interested in the environment is crucial if we are to preserve the planet’s natural beauty. Simple things like feeding the ducks at the park or hunting for insects in the garden can be great fun for young children.

Take a dip in the pool

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and being comfortable in the water is a handy skill for later life. Don’t worry, if you can’t get to a swimming baths, setting up a paddling pool in the garden can still be great fun.

Get out in the garden

If you’ve got a garden you should make the most of it. There are all sorts of activities kids can get up to out there, ranging from building a den to making a daisy chain, and being in the open air will help to keep them happy and healthy.

Whenever you children play outside it’s important to make sure they are safe from the sun, a shade sail is the ideal way to do this.

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