Tips for getting your kids to go outdoors

kids playing outside

Getting kids out into the fresh air can be a faff, but there are ways to coax your children off the sofa without resorting to bribery. Honest.

Turn spin doctor - give the humble 'walk' a rebrand

Turn spin doctor - give the humble 'walk' a rebrand

“Get out there and have an adventure! It is always referred to as an adventure in our house, and never just going for a walk.”

'X' marks the spot

'X' marks the spot

“When our first-born didn't want to come with us walking the dog over the farmer's fields, we told her there was treasure and money buried there. She would bring her spade and we used to bury or chuck some coins on the floor for her to find!”

Great news if you already use the boot as a junk tardis

Great news if you already use the boot as a junk tardis

“In the summer I put some essentials in the boot – picnic blanket, frisbee, ball. That way if the sun ever comes out when we're out and about on the weekend we can head to the nearest beach or park and get some fresh air.”

Let them sit down on the job

Let them sit down on the job

“Get a fleece-lined, waterproof all-in-one. They last ages and are great when they are learning to walk, as baby is warm and dry so the sitting down on the grass in the park when a particular leaf needs thorough investigation is no problem.”

Parklife palling? Try pastures new

Parklife palling? Try pastures new

“We live in London and get the map out to visit all the different parks. There's so much variety, and different types of play equipment in each one. The kids seem very happy with that and I also find it less boring.”

Fresh air = long naps

Fresh air = long naps

“A midwife of 32 years told me to wrap my daughter up and put her in her pram in the garden every day apart from rainy days. I used to get loads done as she would sleep for ages!”

Fact: you're never too old to have fun on a scooter

Fact: you're never too old to have fun on a scooter

“My son has just outgrown his scooter, so I have got him a new one, and one for myself. I love that you can get so much further on them.”

Don't be afraid to employ child labour

Don't be afraid to employ child labour

“We've enlisted our son's help to get the garden of our new home into shape – lots of fresh air and exercise!”

When opportunity knocks, fly a kite

When opportunity knocks, fly a kite

“Pocket kites are brill and cheap, too. They have no stick frame so they fold up small. They are so simple to use – no faffing around at all and almost indestructable. I used to keep one in my handbag.”

Make the most of the season

Make the most of the season

“It's lovely to go out for a walk at this time of year – doesn't matter if it is stormy or windy. You can collect things you find – conkers, acorns, twigs, different coloured leaves or different shape leaves. Then you can stick them on some paper or you can do leaf printing or something if you want to be really creative.”

Of course, once they're out there you might have a different issue entirely

Of course, once they're out there you might have a different issue entirely

“No persuasion needed – it is harder to get them to come in!”