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Easter is nearly here and, for a lot of Australian families, it is their favourite time of year to dust off their tents, hammocks and sleeping bags and hit the road for their annual camping holiday. It is also a perfect opportunity for children of all ages to swap the “screen time” for “green time” and explore all the great outdoors has to offer, all while getting in their recommended physical activity each day (and burning off those Easter chocolates)!

Outdoor play activities such as hiking, mountain biking, body boarding or climbing trees are a great chance for your child to explore all that nature has to offer, while improving their health and wellbeing along the way.

Some of these outdoor activities may be risky, and result in a few bumps, bruises, scrapes or tears, but they are an important part of your child’s development as they challenge themselves to test their physical, mental and emotional limits, help them learn new skills and teach them how to respond to adversity or failure.

For those families staying a little closer to home over the school holidays, there are still plenty of ways of keeping your children physically active and stimulated over this period. At home, you can set up egg and spoon races, Easter bunny sack races, or Easter egg treasure hunt workouts or obstacle courses. 

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Enjoy the Easter holidays, stay safe and stay healthy!

Written by the team at Q Paediatrics