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Keeping the kids happy out and about

One minute they're complaining about being too bored inside, the next all they want to do is come home! But help is at hand: here are some tips and outdoor activities to keep them happy when you’re out and about.

Getting them to play outside isn’t just about giving them something to do. Being active and enjoying fresh air is important to your child’s wellbeing and development. There’s no such thing as too much time outside for kids (unless the weather is really bad). Spending time getting active outside boosts their concentration levels, their confidence, their health, and even their sleep quality. So it’s important that we support kids to have fun outside whenever they can.

Things to do

With so much closed recently, keeping kids entertained when you are out might have been a struggle. You might have exhausted your places to go and you all might want new activities to try. Our Get into Summer page has things to do and see all around Scotland. Have a look and see what you fancy trying.

Outdoor games to play anywhere

At the park or in the garden

Back home

Helping your older and teenage children stay active

It can be a struggle to motivate older kids and teens to make use of the great outdoors, and the promise of making mud pies and dens may not cut it. But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to steer your older ones away from their screens. Take a look at our activities for teens page and our page of tips for getting teens outside and active. We have other pages to give you advice on how to support them too.

Washing hands

It’s fun to play outside. Mud is good! However, it’s really important that we wash our hands when we get home. When we do, we lower our chances of catching and spreading germs.

Wash thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds – the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Doing this helps us all stay safe!

Tickle for ticks

Remember to check for ticks after playing outside – particularly if you've been in long grass or woodlands. These little critters attach to skin underneath clothing and can make little ones poorly. Why not make a fun game out of checking for ticks – by having a good look then tickling for lots of giggles? For guidance on how to remove ticks, visit nhsinform.

Remember to take your litter home

If you’re planning on exploring the great outdoors, please remember to take your litter home with you or bin it. Scotland is stunning – let's keep it that way

Last updated: 16 Oct, 2021