Many children today love spending time in front of screens, whether it’s the TV, computer, phone, or all of the above. However, it’s important to have your child step away from their devices and maintain being active. Just an hour of playtime outside a day has been proven to increase a child’s attention span, promote their social skills, reduce stress, improve vision, and increase vitamin D levels. Luckily, there are plenty of great things to do during the summer months to keep your child physically active.
If you happen to love the great outdoors consider purchasing a small tent for your child. You can pitch it right in your own backyard or be even more adventurous and head to a local camping site. Just don’t forget to bring your bug spray, flashlights, sleeping bag and other essentials. From there you can go fishing, hiking, swimming, rock climbing (with a guide), etc. It can be a great way to bond with your child as well without the disturbance of technology. Turn yours off as well to set a good example and enjoy the night sky and that fresh air!
If the outdoors aren’t necessarily for you and you would prefer to stay cool inside this summer why not consider going to an indoor skating rink and going ice skating. Most rinks are open year round and if they don’t know how to skate what a unique time to learn this summer. You could head indoors to your local YMCA and have your child take a dip in the pool or participate in the many other additional activities they offer such as martial arts, dance, and more.
Here are some other great non-team sports activities to keep your child active:
– Visit a trampoline park
– Bike riding
If you’re looking for a twist on an original classic try playing Sprinkler Soccer! This is a game my son and I made up on a particularly hot summer day a few years ago. We play it to keep cool and be active outdoors when we can’t get to the beach.
With swimsuits on, we set up our sprinkler and goal markers in the yard and use a beach ball instead of a soccer ball as we play barefoot. We usually set a score limit for each game and the person who scores that number is the winner of that round!
This game is a blast, but there are so many others you can enjoy. The most important thing is that your child is active and having a great time!