In 2016, it is very uncommon for even a one year old to not have mastered technology such as an iPhone, or tablet. I think that there is nothing wrong with supervised, and allotted technology time; however it is so easy for young children to form an addiction. I mean, just look how addicted adults can get? It just happens. We are all guilty of it.
Playing outdoors is so important though, and just being active and a part of the real world without being sucked into virtual reality. I remember as a kid when the internet was just getting popular, and thankfully it wasn't full blown popular where every kid had a tablet. I spent most of my childhood constantly wanting to be outdoors, play, explore, etc. I do remember that as a teenager I went through a period of being addicted to my computer; totally not fun times. I would never want that to happen to my kids.
We spend a good amount of time outdoors, and my boys would definitely rather be outside than on a tablet 24/7 --- but the thing is if you don't encourage outdoors play, why wouldn't they just sit on the tablet? We've found that technology can make kids not want to go to bed (Screen keeps them up), mad when you take it away, etc so in limiting it and encouraging play outdoors, you are helping eliminate the problem.
If your young kids are hesitant about being outdoors often, here are some ideas:
1. Allow them to explore, get dirty, play with water, etc where it is safe - our backyard has a tall privacy fence that they cannot get out of it. I constantly leave the back door open, so if I am doing dishes for example; I can see straight into the backyard and it gives them the freedom to explore and play, learn even then. Our boys are constantly getting dirty, playing with bugs, etc and it is great to see. Just recently, our 4 year old has loved un-screwing things outdoors.
2. Encourage through example - This year we finally got a decent garden going again, so we like to get the kids involved. Paul has a green thumb (more than I do, oops!) and he always has Brody outside checking out the plants with him, watering them etc. Just today, Brody picked up a random seed and said he was planting his own plant and asked me to water it. He is clearly leading by example.
3. Go on daily walks - We go on multiple walks a day actually, and it is one of the kids favorite things to do. We get to see bunnies on our walks, birds, etc and they love it. Plus we have a nearby park that we have been walking to a lot. A walk is great too when you're having a stressful day, being outdoors can quickly relieve that. Our 1 year old will tell me quite often that he'd like to go for a walk!
4. Eat outdoors - Yes, I know there are bugs but eating outdoors when the weather permits it is so awesome. There's nothing like a warm day, and a good meal outdoors together. Then after dinner, or lunch you're already outdoors so why not blow some bubbles, play in the dirt, play ball, etc. Kids also love having "picnics" bring a sheet outside and have fun.