There’s no question that being outdoors is good for kids. It helps keep them active, healthy, and happy. Unfortunately, according to the Child Mind Institute, the average American child spends only four to seven minutes per day in unstructured outdoor activities. Kids need some time outside, and so do adults. When families are outdoors together, it helps create and strengthen family bonds. It builds teamwork and develops a sense of discovery.
Unstructured activities in the great outdoors that are child-directed with few rules and goals are beneficial to a child’s development. As a family, structured activities that are flexible and fun with opportunities for unstructured play can offer the same benefits.
There are ways to get outdoors in every season, no matter the environment. Even though the temperatures might be dropping and daylight seems rare in the fall, all is not lost. Families can take advantage of the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather and the crisp air with some outdoor activities that get the whole family outside to have fun and create memories.
LittleThings has gathered some nature-focused ideas for you to get outside with the crew and seize the season. Here are 10 family- and budget-friendly outdoor activities to try with your family this fall.
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