An active child is a healthy child, which is exactly why parents need to inspire mobility. Apart from just helping to build a special bond, it will aid them in development both mentally and physically. Don’t get stuck in the stigma that a big budget is the only way to get them moving, because there are many free and cheap ways to keep children active over the summer, and here are just a few.
A Backyard Fitness Circuit
Parents can start with something as simple as the backyard and old toys. By using the toys, such as balls, hula hoops and chalk, an exciting fitness circuit can be outlined with a clear start and finish point. In order to move from one event to another, a physical activity has to be performed. For example, the first activity can be throwing a ball high in the air and catching it a set amount of times. At the end of the circuit a small reward should be waiting for their efforts.
Before the circuit is laid out, parents should double check for things that might be dangerous, like lawn equipment or tables with sharp edges.
For parents who don’t have swimming pools, here is a great way to cool off while having some fun. The water limbo activity is as simple as pulling out the hose and letting the water run. But remember to keep the sunscreen on hand, because the game might go on a while and protection from the sun should never be taken likely.
Hiking With A Mission
In the summer time there is nothing like hiking through a safe area close to home, but parents can make it a little more interesting. Before setting off on the hiking trail, create a list of things the kids should try and spot. But instead of rewarding the child who spots everything first, give the biggest reward to the child who can spot the most. This way they won’t feel rushed and they’ll get time to really enjoy it.
A tip for the parents, make sure there is enough water to go around, because hydration is very important, especially when it’s hot.
Neighborhood Bike Race
Hosting an official neighborhood bike race to get the kids away from the television can be incredibly effective. Parents can approach the neighbors and everyone can chip in for a couple of rewards, but don’t let everything come down to a single race. Create different age categories and have them race three times instead of once. With several kids participating it will definitely create more fun.
In this case parents want to encourage safety first. In other words, helmets and pads have to be present before racing can start.
A Family Picnic
For the parents who want to keep things simple, there’s always a good old-fashioned picnic. Given that it’s summer all that’s really necessary is enough water and affordable icy treats. Basic toys like frizbees, balls and even water balloons can be used in creative ways to keep everyone entertained. Once again, don’t forget the sunblock.
Some Final Thoughts
One thing parents should always remember is that kids will do just about anything if the parents are involved. It can be something as silly as playing hop-scotch and they’ll enjoy every second, because they get to spend time with the people they love the most. So get involved with the activities as much as possible. Participate on a level where everyone can laugh and nobody really worries about who wins, as long as everybody can have a good time together.
About the Author
Jeff Elrod loves everything about family, sports and health and has developed a website to help families focus on staying active together. To learn more, visit Family Sport Health.