While we often emphasize the importance of staying academically alert and engaged during the summer, we may forget that summer is also a great time to stay physically active! It is important for children (and adults) to stay physically active and take advantage of these sunny days. Here are some ways that your child can stay physically active and healthy during the summer:
Go to your local park or playground: Who says that physical exercise has to happen at places that cost money? Visit your local park or playground and let your child play! Children are experts are creating games by themselves and running around in open spaces like parks. Let your children create their own ways to play in these open spaces.
Have a family sports night: Create ways to have some friendly competition on the field. Perhaps you want to kick a soccer ball around or play in a volleyball game or two. To foster even more friendly competition, invite others to join you in teams!
Take regular walks: Taking a walk may not seem like active exercise, but walking to places or taking walks also keeps your heart pumping and active. Walking to your local grocery store or walking to run errands rather than taking the car could be a great way to keep your child active as well.
Conduct scavenger hunts wherever you go: Have your child do a scavenger hunt or an “I Spy” session in which he has to go and find different objects or people. You can do a scavenger hunt in just about anywhere! This can be a great way to encourage your child to move around from one place to another while playing an interactive game.
Volunteer together: Consider volunteering with your child at a local soup kitchen, food pantry, or even your local library. Volunteering together can keep your child stimulated while teaching him the importance of giving back to their community!