6 Ways to get your children active in the summer
The end of the school year means children across the country will be home all summer long. In many parts of the country summer time is accompanied with unbearable heat, causing many to retreat indoors by 10 am most days. Living in the south, I can attest to the fact that July-August brings some of the most unbearable days, leaving us stuck indoors many afternoons.
For the days we just have to stay indoors here I plan activities for us as a family that will help them remain active and get that energy out.
- tug of war
- “Just Dance” or similar games
- practice music video choreography
I know these sound super simple right? In the past you may have heard me talk about our moves, well we have lived in apartments as small at 640 sq ft and homes as big as 2400 sq ft. These activities can be done in large or small homes/apartments. In our most recent apartment, we stayed on the second floor; during the hot summer days and cold winter months when the children did not play outside, we did these activities to keep us and them occupied.
For those of you with the ability to take your children outside (or send them in your backyard), these activities are sure to be a hit at any age.
- Sprinkler Obstacle course
- Scavenger Hunt
- Home mini golf (one of our favorite things to do)
Teaching your children to remain active during periods of boredom is an important part in instilling healthy habits in them at an early age. Keeping your children moving each day is important to maintaining growth. While children may not always be enthusiastic about trading in the tv or gaming system for the outdoors, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short time aggravation.