Nature-deficit disorder is the idea that we experience negative mental and physical health effects when we spend too little time outdoors. While nature-deficit disorder is not recognized as a medical or mental disorder, it describes a very real problem. Kids seem to spend less time outside and more time looking at screens than ever before. As a result, they’re missing out on valuable opportunities for exercise, creative play, socialization, and learning.

To ensure your kids get all the benefits of spending time outside, integrate outdoor play into your daily life. Here are some great resources to help your family spend more time in nature!


Outdoor Fun in Your Backyard

Creating a Kid-Friendly Yard to Promote Outdoor Play 

9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime

16 Fun Backyard Games for Kids

Home Science: Backyard Conservation

8 Creative Ways to Get Kids Involved with Gardening


Nature-Focused Hobbies

How to Have a Rock and Mineral Treasure Hunt with Your Kids

Easy Ways to Get Kids Birding

5 Ways to Get Kids into Nature Photography

5 Benefits of Horse Riding for Kids

How to Get Started Geocaching


Family-Friendly Sports

Kayaking with Kids – A Beginners Guide

Tips for Running a 5K with Kids

6 Benefits of Skiing and Snowboarding for Your Kids’ Health

Teaching Tennis to Young Beginners


There are endless fun and educational things to do with your kids outdoors. So, the next time you find your children glued to their electronic devices, consider setting up a backyard play space, introducing them to an outdoor hobby, or learning a new sport. By spending more time outside as a family, you will all enjoy the benefits of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.