Playing Outside with Kids

In today's world, many parents stay very busy working, taking care of their families and trying to spend quality time with their children.  Between working multiple jobs and the long list of things that you have to do around the house, it may seem like there is not enough time in the day.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, summer time may keep you really busy too!  This also makes it hard to find time to go outside and play with the kids.

Many kids are very happy to entertain themselves by watching T.V., playing video games, or surfing the internet.  While it is both tempting and easy to allow them to sit inside all day, it is important to make sure your kids get the physical activity they need to promote their growth and development.

Are you out of ideas to get your child outside and moving?  Trying mixing it up a bit.  Here are some fun and exciting ideas for playing outside with your kids:

  • Do a walking tour of your neighborhood
  • Meet other parents and children you know at your local park
  • Plant a vegetable garden.  Children will love growing and eating their own foods
  • Volunteer with local organizations for community clean-up days
  • Visit a local garden and go for a walk
  • Go swimming at the beach and fly a kite
  • Play a sport such as basketball, soccer, baseball, or volleyball
  • Have a water balloon toss or bubble blowing contest
  • Play a game of tag, leapfrog, or duck -duck goose
By making sure that you have time to play each day, you will make a habit of getting regular physical activity. 
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