What’s it going to take to get your kids off the couch this summer? For starters, if you want to pique your kids’ interest and encourage them to enjoy the great outdoors, it helps to think outside the box. This is the perfect opportunity to present your kids with new, interesting activities that will stimulate all areas of their development – and beat summer boredom at the same time.
Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:
Go fly a kite
How many kids these days have ever had the pure, simple pleasure of flying a kite for an afternoon at the park? To stimulate your kids’ creativity, have craft time before you hit the park so that they can build their own one-of-a-kind kite from scratch. You can buy kits at a toy store or download a template online. When your kids make their own kites first, they’ll enjoy the activity even more since they’ll get to show off their handiwork.
Run through the sprinklers
Swimming at the pool is fun – but not if it’s crowded, gross and noisy. No worries! Running through the sprinklers is just as fun. Taking several hours on a hot day to run through the sprinklers subtly gets your kids moving. They’ll be having so much fun running laps around the yard that they won’t tire as quickly. Thanks to this fun water activity, your kids will hardly notice that they’re burning calories by running back and forth.
Volunteer with a local charity
One of the best ways to motivate your kids to get active is to ask them to volunteer for a fundraiser, like a 5K walk. Here’s the tip: let them choose which charity they want to help.If your child truly believes in a cause, they’ll be more than happy to get moving to raise money for a charity instead of viewing the project as a chore.
Take classes at a local recreational center
If you sign up early enough, recreational centers often offer great summer deals for sports clubs and classes. If you’re not a member of your local JCC or YMCA, encourage your kid to put together their own sports team or club.
Have a yard sale
Having a yard sale will kill multiple birds with one stone. For starters, you’ll get your kids to help you clean out the house. On top of that, your kids will break a sweat by piling and stacking boxes and furniture to set them up for the sale.
Last but not least, your kids will earn the value of a hard-earned dollar since they’ll have to work to make money by selling their unneeded belongings. A whole lot of lessons in one project! Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because your kids engage in interactive video games, that they’re getting their daily dose of physical activity. In fact, recent studies have found that video games that include virtual dancing, bowling and boxing may get your kids moving indoors, but they won’t help kids meet their daily requirement for exercise. However, these activities will!