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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! It’s been harder than ever to keep the kids entertained during the coronavirus outbreak. But help is at hand! Here are some tips and outdoor activities to keep them happy when you’re out and about.

When you’re outdoors, don’t forget to follow physical distancing and hygiene guidelines. You can find out more on our page on coronavirus guidelines for children

 

 

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. We have other pages to give you advice on how to support them at the moment, 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.

Last updated: 20 Apr, 2021