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Physical activities the whole family can enjoy and sports are healthy choices and use an ample amount of energy. Plus, they’re a good opportunity for kids to spend time with siblings, friends, new acquaintances, get out of the house, and make use of your backyard.
Some ideas are:
- Joining a local team like softball, indoor soccer, dancing, or gymnastics. The regular scheduling will get a healthy routine going and be something they need to attend.
- A Springfree Trampoline that can be used all year. These are, bar none, the highest quality trampolines and are capable of keeping everyone in your crew happy and engaged. Trampolines are also a great fitness idea for all ages, whether you’re bouncing for fun or as part of an exercise routine.
- Swimming at your local community
centreor a day at the beach. This can be both fun and relaxing. Be sure to find a pool with adequate lifeguards for increased safety.
- Backyard games like hide-and-seek, playsets, or tag. Invite the
neighboursover to join in and spend time catching up with other adult pals while you’re at it.
For something engaging to do indoors, embrace your artistic side with arts and crafts activities. Not all kids like team sports or are physically able to take part in fitness activities. Staying busy making something and spending hours at a craft uses a lot of energy, too. Some ideas are:
- Drawing and colouring with multi-media. Bring out the crayons, markers, pencil sets, glitter glue, and assortment of construction paper and colouring pads. Spread out a selection on a large table or on the floor.
- Arts and crafts stores sell a wide variety of kits to make props like superhero masks, fairy wings, funny costume hats, and other accessories. Spend time making these pieces and using them to fuel imaginative games that can last all afternoon.
- Painting can get a bit messy, but it’s manageable if you’re prepared with the right stuff. Select old t-shirts and pants to be your dedicated artist’s clothes or use smocks, purchase an easel or use furniture that act like one, or else spread out large sheets of paper or newsprint to colour masterworks on the floor.
- Have fun sculpting with colour clay like Play-doh or make your own together using a child-safe recipe online and common kitchen staples.
Learn Something New:
Check out your local YMCA, community center, or The Traveling Parent for a wide variety of classes for kids. These could be sports, disciplines like martial arts, dancing, learning an instrument, technology classes, photography, cooking, arts and crafts, creative writing and storytelling, book clubs, nature or science-related weekend activities. The library is another excellent place to discover classes for all ages and often for free.
Using both mind and body in new and fun ways will burn off that energy plus keep kids healthy and engaged while they’re at it. Just remember to use a gymnastic mat for safety purposes. Finding a few weekend activities that the whole family can enjoy will keep all of you active and healthy!