Summer is quickly approaching and families are getting ready to enjoy longer days and warmer weather. As temperatures climb higher, you may be tempted to let your kids just sit and chill in the AC, but staying active supports healthy growth and development. While you don’t need to be their recreation director, it’s helpful to have a repertoire of games and activities to keep your kiddos moving in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Benefits of Active Play for Kids
Just like nutritious food promotes a healthy baby gut, active play promotes a healthy lifestyle, boosting children’s physical and mental health in many ways, such as:
- Decreasing the risk of serious medical conditions including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease
- Improving self-esteem
- Strengthening bones and muscles
- Reducing stress and anxiety
Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
When it comes to activities, aim for a balance between parent-led entertainment and self-directed play. Having fun together strengthens family bonding and independent, or child-led, play fosters creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Here are some ideas to create fun-filled days outside.
Summer Bucket List
Jot down things your family wants to do, such as go on a hike, find a new swimming spot, etc. Anytime you need an activity, refer to your bucket list.
A foolproof way to beat the heat, water-based fun is a child favorite. Toss water balloons, wade through a creek or set up the sprinkler.
Yes, you read that right. Kids will happily wash the car, the patio furniture — anything that will get them soaked.
Note that if your baby or toddler seems overly tired or weak during physical activity, he or she may not be getting enough iron. Consult with your pediatrician to see if Wellements Organic Iron Drops are right for your baby.
Indoor Summer Activities for Kids
Thunderstorms and scorching temperatures may drive you indoors some days. Here are some ways to bring the action inside.
Playing Card Workout
Create a fitness routine with a deck of cards. Assign an exercise to each type of card.
Bat around a balloon and try to keep it from hitting the ground. Set up a sheet as a net.
This versatile supply can create a slew of fun indoor games. Make a hopscotch board, a long jump course or a balance beam.
Tips for a Safe and Happy Summer
Be prepared for summer’s less-fun attributes (read: excessive heat, UV rays, ticks). Take protective measures to keep your kids safe:
- Put on sunscreen with at least SPF 30, even if you’re only outside for short periods.
- Keep babies six months and younger in the shade as much as possible, particularly during peak sunshine hours. Little ones can get their vitamin D from a Wellements Multivitamin.
- Keep water bottles filled and handy so kids can stay hydrated.
- Limit outdoor time on extremely hot and humid days.
- Regularly check for ticks. Wear light-colored clothing to make them easier to spot.
Make it a summer to remember. Give your children plenty of opportunities to engage in active play. Choose activities that engage all their senses and get their bodies moving. Along with providing proper nourishment through wholesome foods and supplements, keeping your kids active is key to their health and development.