In this digital age, there are so many things that can keep kids from going outside; for example, Video games, tv shows, social media, and more can make kids no longer feel the need to go explore. Despite all the opportunities and experiences digital media offers, there are still many benefits to spending time outdoors. When taking part in volunteer opportunities in Utah with Big Brothers and Big Sisters Utah, Bigs and Littles are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities.
Parks are a great way to get kids outside and to move! Some ideas for the park are:
- Fly kites
- Chalk art
- Scavenger hunts
- Bug collecting
- Park yoga
- Rock skipping
- Leaf rubbings
- Flower collecting
- Floating paper boats
- Playing catch
Benefits of Getting Outside
When it comes to the outdoors, there are so many benefits to outdoor recreation.
- Physical activity: the outdoors encourages kids to get moving. They engage their motor skills, muscles, and senses. Consistency is needed to stay healthy. Littles and Bigs are encouraged to learn the importance of an active lifestyle!
- Social and emotional: development: Being outside means face-to-face interactions, which are essential for human development and connection. This experience of in-person interaction builds social skills and the ability to connect with others emotionally.
- It sets your body at ease: going outside lowers your blood pressure and allows for that fresh breath of air. It improves your mood and the mood of others around you as you take in the sunshine and get your body moving!
If you are looking for a way to help kids get outside and see the world, contact Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah to learn about volunteer opportunities in Utah.