Showing posts with label spring activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring activities. Show all posts

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Spring & Summer Outdoor Activities for Kids

Fun Spring and Summer Outdoor Activities for Kids:

Want to keep your kids active during the nice weather this Spring or Summer? You need to keep your children from adopting a sedentary lifestyle which can lead to obesity and other health issues.

Today, many children sit in front of television for hours or play video games with no physical activity. Physical activity is good for their gross motor skills development and fine motor skills development & overall health.

Teaching your kids to get up and move is a nice habit to get them into, one which will stay with them for many years to come.

Outdoor Obstacle Course:

Have you thought of setting up a fun obstacle course in your backyard for your children and their friends? You can use some pylons (or other things to act as pylons or markers) for them to weave in and out through. Hoola hoops can be used for jumping. Maybe a long wavy rope or your garden hose laying out in a crazy pattern for them which they have to balance on and follow.

You can even get a couple of the play tunnels which they have for little children and get your kids crawling through it.

The thing is, make it fun and challenging for your kids, while keeping it safe. It will get your preschool kids and young children moving on a nice Spring or Summer day.

You can even make it into a fun game or contest & time each child as they complete the course.

This is just one of many great ideas for keeping children healthy and active outdoors with some physical activities for kids.

Sun Safety and Water To Drink:

*Remember to ALWAYS use a suitable sunblock or dress children appropriately with plenty of liquids to drink when playing outside. Have any other great ideas for keeping children moving? Let us know by commenting below or contacting us.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Spring Is Here! Get Your Kids Outdoors!

Spring has finally arrived!

Winter and it's often depressing side affects are on their way out! We understand that winter is not depressing for many children but it is for many adults.
Many children love winter. They love tobogganing, skating, snow ball fights, building snowforts, snowmen and playing in the snow.

For many people though, children included, winter is a time to stay indoors and do nothing but play video games, sleep in and watch television.

Ahh, spring is here..what a great feeling of new life. Clean crisp air, warm weather and sunshine really picks up one's spirit and makes us feel energized.

If your children are in a habit of staying inside and playing video games, watching television and sitting around watching the paint dry-we need to incorporate some ideas and fun kids activities to get them out side and more active.

Exercise and outdoor activity is healthy for us all-kids need it just as much if not more than adults to combat childhood obesity issues and depression.

As parent s we need to start planning ahead for activities that get our children involved.
Maybe we can plan day trips to the park. Maybe we can go to the beach and get out of the car and walk around and let children observe nature and the life around them.
Often times Spring time involves cleaning up around the outside of the house.
Raking leaves, tilling gardens, cleaning flower beds, picking up garbage doing small simple repairs.

Can we get our young children involved by doing simple tasks that make them feel special? Maybe they can pass dad his tools when he needs them, maybe they can help mom to clean out the flower beds, pick up pieces of paper etc.

What ever it is that our kids help us with, make it fun.

Maybe we can play music outside while doing these activities and really praise up our children when they do their part, 'no matter how small', in helping out.

Games can also be fun for kids. When outside with our kids, maybe have them find as many different shaped leaves as possible and collect them?

If your kids are familiar with colors, or counting, maybe have them count the number 'red items' they see when outside or in a certain area.

Perhaps as parents we can just get our children to get out and comment on the signs of life (birds, squirrels, rabbits, insects etc..) that they observe around them. Parent can use this opportunity to share their knowledge and fun facts with their kids.

There is really no right or wrong ideas here. The idea is to put the emphasis on getting your children outside and enjoying themselves, keeping them occupied and safely having fun!

*Keep in mind that this time of year brings many children and animals outdoors at all different times of the day. When driving in our cars we want to be cautious of children hiding behind 'parked cars', riding bikes, and running out on to the streets when you least expect it! Always BE ALERT and EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

Let's have a SAFE, FUN & EXCITING SPRING & SUMMER for everyone!