5 Tips to Keep Kids Active All Summer

Active_kids_summer-impSchools Out! While kids are jumping for joy, parents all over the neighbourhood are wondering what the heck are we going to do to keep the kids busy all summer! While summer camps are great, not all families choose all day camps and even if they do, there are still another 4-5 evening hours that kids are looking for something to do.

Being Active & Free Play

The benefits of kids being active range from stronger bones, muscles, improved balance and coordination to increased attention span and being all round happier kids.  A recent article by Canadian Press looked at the overall benefits to kids that are afforded outdoor free play in addition to being a part of a team organized sports.  Something as simple as getting dirty and chasing frogs can open a childs’ mind, inspire creativity and create a connection to nature while still benefiting from being active.

However, there is a fine line between giving kids hours of free time to be active and hearing the dreaded words “I’m bored” after the first week of summer break. What can parents do to help engage their children in free play and encourage kids to be active all summer long?

5 Tips to Keep Kids Active All Summer

Time to Play
If you have your kids running to arts camp, music lessons, grocery stores and grandma house they may not have enough down time to just be active in the yard, on the street or at the park.  Give kids time each day or at least a few times a week where they have a couple hours to just play outside.  If you give them suggested activities (digging for worms, building a outdoor fort, skipping rope tug of war) to get them started, it won’t be long before their imagination takes over.

Tools to Play
Kids are super creative, it won’t take much to inspire them to be active  no expensive equipment required.  A bin full of skipping ropes, hoola hoops, tennis rackets, butterfly or fishing nets, badminton rackets, a frisbee, soccer ball, basketball, volleyball, beach ball, and sidewalk chalk are just a few of our favorites.  Kids will tie skipping ropes to hoola hoops, draw finish lines with chalk, catch dandelions with fishing nets and impress you with the games and activities they can invent.

Active Role Model
Be active yourself.  If you are encouraging your kids to get outside from the other end of the couch, they are not likely to take you too seriously.  Go for walks, get back on your bike, take up a new sport like roller blading, collect neighbourhood parents to create a fun volleyball league or re visit an old favorite like swimming lengths.

Active Friends
Having active friends can make a difference – find friends with pools, with trampolines, friends who love to bike to the park, who play soccer or have a basketball net in the driveway and just try and sit still inside!

active_pool-impParticipate in Fun
I’m looking to You! Get outside WITH your kids. Show them who is hoola hoop King (or not!), challenge kids to a skipping contest, try hop scotch, play frisbee and see if you can still do a cartwheel. Get some running shoes and go explore neighbourhood parks and forests together and don’t be afraid to make a big splash the next time you are at the pool with the kids.

Make a commitment to be active this summer and then make the time to explore the neighbourhood on bikes or on foot, walk to get ice cream instead of drive and invest in inexpensive toys for the yard that will inspire imagination, creativity and most important, active outdoor fun!

Comments (7)

  • Great post Deb 🙂 You are completely right! If we’re active with our kids it gives them encouragement to be active as well and it’s always fun laughing at Mom & Dad trying to do kid things 😉

  • I am trying the friend thing w my girls.. It just stinks because most of their friends are on vaca! We have had some awesome outdoor time lately.. I’ve made them unplug!

  • But be careful if you try those cartwheels! I pulled something – lol! Kids – no matter how old – still like it when we join in.

  • It can be tough over the summer with so many on vacations, but having a bin of toys that inspired some play time, even on their own, can help. I have active kids, but I still find I have to urge them outdoors some days . . . then I can’t get them back in!

  • I always start the summer with a list of activities–most often we end p at the town pool or the beach =) We do walk daily after dinner when it’s much cooler.

    Pamela Rote
  • Great tips Deb! Above all I think getting involved in your child’s play is the best one. Doesn’t matter what you do, your kids will be happy if you do it with them <3

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