Fun, active toys for kids will help promote healthy habits such as exercise and taking in fresh air. But some children, no matter how cute the toy, just find being inside more comfortable.
Since I was a tiny tot, my dad showed me the magic of camping...which I've adored to this very day, even if I now live in an rv. Spending time in the outdoors taught me to appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of camping underneath the stars, roasting marshmallows and keeping busy with all of the duties one must do when setting up and taking down camp (great activity for even the youngest helper in your clan).
It is hard to sit still when camping, except around a campfire at night. If you are nervous about the camp experience, start with a child's teepee or play fort in your own backyard - even just for a picnic. This will get enthusiasm and interest from your child rather quickly because these tents are rather irresistible. In addition, they are great ways to encourage fantasy play and imagination in your child, which is also important.
In sum, start young with teaching children to enjoy spending time in the outdoors. Turn off the tv and video games, and enjoy time as a family. Even a toddler can participate in every aspect of the camping experience - and the young kids will love campfire cooking or helping with the tent.
No matter how much fun the most modern toy may appear when in the home, the free spirit and fun that takes place outside cannot be matched. My childhood memories, when I reflect, always turn to playing outdoors and the fun I had...how about you?