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Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:34 am, Tue Jul 29, 2014.

(StatePoint) With today’s engaging technology, it can be hard to get kids off the couch and outside. But no matter what your child’s interests are, outdoor time is important.

Here are some ways to inspire kids to get outside without sacrificing their technology:

Tablets

Taking your entire library with you to the park for story time may not have been possible when you were a kid, but these days, the answer is at your fingertips. Tablets designed just for kids, like VTech’s InnoTab, offer tough and rugged designs, with features that lend themselves to exploring the great outdoors, through a camera or video recorder for on-the-go creativity or just relaxing outside with an e-book. Hours of reading pleasure can easily become outdoor entertainment that takes kids on a myriad of literary adventures!

Wearable Gadgets

Cool, outdoor-friendly gadgets can inspire tech-loving kids to leave their computers behind for some outdoor fun. Wearable technology in particular is a growing and affordable trend.

The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, for example, is a fun, durable, kid-tough watch that features a camera, video recorder, onboard games, a wacky voice changer and a rechargeable battery.

Its timer and stopwatch could easily inspire a relay race and its camera will make a budding detective of any child. The Smartwatch is also great for capturing a digital photo scrapbook of kids’ outdoor adventures and sharing with friends and family. More information can be found at vtechkids.com/kidizoomsmartwatch.

Outdoor Movie Screening

For kids who are movie buffs, prying their eyes away from the screen can be a formidable task. So why not take the screening outdoors?

Bask in the glow of fireflies while screening a family favorite.  All you’ll need is a small projector. Borrow one from a friend if you don’t have one. Hang a sheet as a makeshift screen against the side of the house. Invite the neighbors and make it a party. And since kids aren’t confined to movie theater rules and restrictions, encourage them to act out scenes or sing along for even more fun interaction.

These days, technology is making it easier than ever to get kids outside and experience the world around them.

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