It's summer! School's out and the kids are home. Now what? I know for me, it's easy to get in a rut. Kids are naturally physically active and need play to stimulate their growing bodies and minds.
Kids who get outside and play often are shown to-
Get sick less often (Dirt, leaves, water and grass stimulate their immune systems)
Deal better with stress
Use more imaginative play
Have more positive attitudes
It’s not hard to start getting outdoors and active with your family, but you need to think about what’s going to interest your kids the most and build activities on what they like to do.
Here's a few ideas for different age groups of your littles.
Walk. Be it in a stroller or a baby carrier, walking with your baby is a great way to stimulate their minds and introduce the wide world to them. It also gives yourself some light exercise.
Roll. Find a nice patch of lush grass and both spend some time on your tummy. This will help your baby develop the neck, back, and shoulder muscles, while you can do some planks to work on your own muscles.
Two to Four Year Olds
These guys are ready to listen to simple instructions and can handle a game of catch or tag. They also love copying, so get them to copy your burpees, jumping jacks, pushups etc. Use this time to introduce them to the world of fitness and show them it can be fun!
Hike. Really connecting with nature is a great way to get kids to really experience the outdoors. Just be sure to keep it short and feature-filled the first few times. Ask another family to come along if you really want to wear the kids out and keep it interesting for them.
Take them to the park and create an obstacle course. See how many times they can beat their best lap.
Pretend Play. You're both spies on a mission that has gone awry. Time to escape! Let your little one remind you how to use your imagination and you'll be surprised how much energy you use up doing it. Plus, when's the last time you really let go and played a game of pretend?
Hopefully some of these ideas inspire you to get outside with your kids and play.
Not only will they enjoy your company but you'll be showing them staying fit is fun!