When you’re younger, it’s important to not waste the summer season. It’s the best time of year to get outdoors and get active, and this is key to a healthy lifestyle.
For parents, this means encouraging our children to head outdoors, and play in the sunshine. Sadly, with the rise of the gaming scene and the domination of tablets and phones, this is becoming harder.
So, if you’re a parent looking to help your child become more active, just how do you go about that?! Below, you’ll find several simple ideas to that question, as well as some advice on how to make them easier…
Build a den or treehouse
Kids love to explore, so by giving them a space to do just that, you open their mind with creative possibility. If that space is outdoors, even better. They can stay active, explore, and have fun all in one fell swoop.
Building a den or a treehouse isn’t all that difficult either. You need to buy some cheap wood planks from your local hardware store, cut them to size and build a simple structure. Ensure the wood is secured to the tree properly, and ensure the tree is stable, too!
Kids don’t generally like walking. When I was a youngster I didn’t half kick up a fuss when I had to walk to town, or to a friends house. It wasn’t that I was lazy, it’s just that this method of travel is… dull. There was no excitement!
So, let your kids get from point A to point B in style – no more walking equals more fun! Sometimes, we get this wrong when trying to make our children more active. We don’t cater activities to them, and instead try to force the things we enjoy on them instead.
A caster board, such as the Razor Ripstik Ripster, is a colorful way for your kids to stay active. Parents, remember; walking should be in moderation!
Walk the dog
A simple idea, but no less effective. Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason; it’s because they get along with everyone! Having your kids look after a dog is also a good way to teach them responsibility and supervision. A quick ten minute stroll round the block will get your children off the couch and into that fresh air.
Go on a beach holiday
Children love to play in the sand, build castles and go for a dip in the ocean. Perhaps the reason they tend to stay indoors at home is the fact that all their TV’s and consoles are there. By going on holiday, you remove them from that environment and make exercise more readily available. Beach holidays have never been cheaper, either, so you won’t be out of pocket too much.
And that just about does it! Hopefully, you’re well on your way to a fun-filled, action-packed summer time with your family and kids. No matter what you choose to do, remember to stay safe, and above all, have fun! Create some memories that you won’t forget.