Head outside and let the little ones set the pace. If your 4-year-old resists the idea of a long walk, keep it short and make it fun. Head to a park and take along a magnifying glass so your child can really zoom in and examine bugs, trees and leaves.
Play “I Spy” or another game. Bring along a healthy snack and stop in the grass to enjoy it together – especially if your child gets tired.
If it's hard tearing older children away from their electronics, go easy. Let them know that time in nature is like health food for the brain, and you'd like to make a schedule that suits everyone. Time indoors should be balanced with time outside.
Redwood City's Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).