More and more children are playing indoors nowadays. The smart phone, the iPad, the laptop etc are the main modes of fun for them. Playing indoors is not good for children. Children need to play outdoors. The physical activity is very much required and it aids in both physical and mental well being of the child. However, many parents still feel that playing outdoors is not safe and ideal for children. Given below are a few tips to keep your children outside the home and that too safely.
Generally while playing outdoors parents should not leave their children alone when they are young. A parent or guardian should watch over them. If the play area is near the street then the children should be cautioned about going on the street and they should be told that they should not go behind balls or toys if they go on to the street. Also keep the play area clean and ensure that the play area is free from metal parts and other sharp objects.
Another aspect of safety which parents should consider is to fence the outdoor area completely so that kids do not go out of the designated play area. If there are electrical cables or appliances you should fence them or have them on a higher plane so that children cannot touch them while playing. If you have a garage then ensure that it is locked as tools and appliances would be there in it and children can use them out of curiosity and can harm themselves or others.
Children of different ages required different types of monitory and safety measures. Toddlers and small kids require constant monitoring along with fencing whereas older kids need fencing and monitoring can be kept to a bare minimum. Install play-ground equipment under trees or places where there is least sunlight so that kids can enjoy. The ground should be soft so that they do not get hurt. Sand boxes can be kept closed when not in use.
Once the children have a place to play where they are secure they will start doing it more. Outdoor activities will test their physical strength but they will grow stronger too. Since kids like to watch television indoors, you can setup an outdoor TV and during breaks from outdoor play the kids can watch their favorite television shows. This will ensure your kids playing out all the time.
The most common problem people face when they have a party at home is taking care of kids. But when the yard is a good place to play you will find that the kids will enjoy the time in your home. You can also have a barbecue party on the side while your kids enjoy time on the swings and slides. If you have space you can play ball with them. Remember as a parent you also need to spend time with your kids. So spend some quality time playing with your kids in the yard.