Tips & Tricks

Outdoor Family Activities to Start in 2024

With screens flashing and schedules jam-packed, 2024 calls for a family retreat to nature’s playground. 

Recent research has revealed that children now spend almost twice as much time interacting with technology than they do playing outside. 

Of course, there is a role for technology to play in helping our children’s development and education. But this disconnect from nature impacts physical and mental well-being, highlighting the urgent need to rekindle our love for the outdoors. 

Why not make a pledge this year to swap the virtual world for vibrant landscapes, muddy knees, and some fun in the great outdoors?

Get Gardening

Gardening is more than just digging in the dirt; it can teach vital attributes such as persistence and patience. 

Whether you grow beautiful blooms for your garden or you want to introduce your little ones to the wonder of growing their own fruit and vegetables, it’s simple to get started. Even if you don’t have a large garden, some pots and compost will provide the perfect starting point.

Of course, the unpredictable UK weather may threaten your green-fingered fun. A polytunnel can help you extend the growing season, protect seedlings from pesky critters, and create a magical mini-greenhouse for year-round growing. 

Volunteer for Nature

Giving back to the environment while creating lasting memories? Yes, please! 

Volunteering with conservation groups like the Wildlife Trusts or the Woodland Trust offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, learn valuable skills, and contribute to a greater cause. 

You might be planting trees, clearing trails, or building wildlife shelters – each action, big or small, makes a difference. 

Volunteering fosters a sense of community and responsibility, teaching children valuable lessons about environmental stewardship. Plus, the shared experience strengthens family bonds and creates memories that last a lifetime. 

Explore your area on foot

The UK boasts stunning landscapes, from rolling hills and ancient woodlands to dramatic coastlines and hidden waterfalls. 

 Whether it’s a gentle family stroll through a local park or a challenging trek up a hillside, the great outdoors offers endless possibilities for exploration and discovery.

Hiking can help boost resilience, problem-solving skills, and a sense of accomplishment, making it a perfect activity for families of all ages and abilities. 

Find a sport your family loves

From kicking a ball in the park to kayaking down a river, sports offer a fantastic way to get moving, have fun, and create lasting memories. 

Whether your family is drawn to the competitive spirit of team sports, the thrill of individual pursuits, or the leisurely pace of outdoor games, there’s something for everyone. 

You might just find a passion that will stay with your little ones for a lifetime in the process!

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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