According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years making it more important than ever to keep our children moving through physical activities. Before you head to the store to pick up mini dumbbells, try to think of activities your child would enjoy. From family dance time to a quick game of tag, you as a parent can easily bring the excitement and fun of being physically active into your child’s life. You will also be laying the foundation for your child to have a healthy lifestyle as an adult.
At Primrose, we developed the Thumbs Up! Physical Fitness Program as part of our Balanced Learning© approach to give our students daily physical fitness activities that are fun and designed to strengthen their bodies, improve their coordination, and learn skills they will be able to use when they play games or sports later on.
Here are some fun ideas for exercising with your child this summer:
Playground Bound– Do you know all the playgrounds for children in your area? Check out your local government’s website for a complete listing. There may be one you have overlooked. Take an exploratory trip to a new playground and let your child explore and rate it compared to more familiar ones!
Yoga for the Young – Calling all yoga-loving parents! Turn your favorite yoga poses and stretches into a fun routine for your kids. For example, for the downward dog have your child make doggie noises or wag his/her tail. The cat stretch is another fun stretch that your child can really get into character. Meow!
Fun with Scarves – A simple trip to the closet makes this a particularly fun activity! Show your child how to move and dance to music with old scarves. Tossing them in the air and catching them will increase their hand/eye coordination.
Beat the Heat – Cool off with a little sprinkle time fun in the sun! Yard sprinklers are the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day while staying active and enjoying the outdoors. It’s amazing how a little water play can make your child an instant fan of being outdoors. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Hopefully, these simple ideas will get your imagination started for ideas of your own. What other ways has your family found that motivates everyone to be physically active?