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Won't play outside

My five year old refuses to lay outside at our house. He will everywhere else though. we have bookoo's of mosquitoes at our house so I think that is the problem. I have tried repellent but there are just to many. Now it is cooler and they are gone he still refuses to play out there. This was part of us buying a house for him to have a yard to play in. My younger daughter, you can't get her in so it's not that he has no one else out with him... I dunno... I have bought him chalk and bikes and scooters and trucks and shovels and sand toys for the dirt and rocks out there. I have encouraged games like exploring and even bought him a bug house and magnifying glass and a DOG...What else can I do!?!?!?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:02 PM on Oct. 16, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • I wish you were my mommy! You are doing a great job but he is not picking up on it. Hmmm. Try taking them to a nearby park with lots of equipment, a zoo, feed ducks, nature walk, a field to play soccer, mini golf. Write on the calandar an outdoor activity once a week (or more) and make it manditory.
    What does he like to do instead? Maybe you can tell him in a positive way like "Yes, you can stay inside for X minutes BUT FIRST, we are going to do _____ " Win win situation. I do it all the time with my kids. I start my sentence out with "OK" or "alright" then followed by "But..." It lets their guard down and usually they are more willing to be cooperative.

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 2:53 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • maybe a body paint day. go to a craft store and have him choose the colors he likes and explain that he can only play body paint if he goes outside.

    no kid will pass up a chance to paint on themselves

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • I MAKE my kids go outside, even if they don't want to. The minimum for them to play outside at my house is one hour when they aren't in school - when they are in school I know they were outside for recess for 1/2 hour, so it's only 1/2 hour outside.
    One thing my kids LOVE - we have a trampoline with the enclosure. At Christmas they usually have them on sale at WalMart the weekend after Thanksgiving for like 50% off. We actually got ours at BJs because we wanted the biggest one they sell - my kids are older. It was a "family" gift from Santa.

    Answer by missanc at 1:57 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • Go out and play WITH him, hit/kick some balls around. Make it mandatory that he play outside like missanc does....Make up a scavenger hunt, get a dog and tell him to go play with the dog (that one is a stretch but it would probably work! :) ) Good luck!

    Answer by MamaRoberts at 2:11 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • Just keep trying. My daughter who is 5 would't play out side at our house for about 6 or 8 months. There is a train track behind the house and it can be very loud. For a long time she was afraid to go outside.
    Thankfully once it got warm she started playing outside a lot more. Then once we got the fence built in the backyard the 2 year old could go out with her too and so they have spent a lot more time out.
    I think it was persistence because she really does love to be outside, just keep trying and eventually it'll work.

    Answer by WillDoDa at 2:58 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • I know what you mean. I had to drag my daughter kicking and screaming to come inside. My son however rather have his nose in a book. He does love going on walks to collect rocks and leaves. For the most part he thinks being outside is boring. I agree that you will just will have to find things that you can do together. Even though I love nature, I remember my mom making us go out to play. Even though we had a huge backyard I was bored too. All the things you have for him sound fun. i would make a game/ an adventure out of it for the both of you. The only suggestion I could add is maybe a clubhouse. He could imagine it to be anything and it could hold all the treasures he finds.

    Answer by CelticFaerie at 3:28 PM on Oct. 16, 2009