The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has put together a yearly event encouraging children, families, schools and communities to go Screen Free and make changes toward a more active outdoor lifestyle. This year the event is being held April 30th- May 6th.
Tales of a Mountain Mama has put together a group of bloggers to help support and publicize this initiative. Even though we will not be going entirely screen free in our house, I am glad to support this effort to get kids and families outdoors and active.
9 Ways to Get Your Child Outdoors and Active
Summer is just around the corner and one thing I know is that it goes by fast. Today, I am sharing some tips for summer outdoor activities for kids.
1. Make outdoor activities part of your child’s routine. If you have older children, start your outside routine on the first day of summer vacation.
2. Start your mornings with a morning bike ride or walk with your kids.
3. Plan healthy picnic lunches several days a week. Visit different county, state and National Parks periodically to change up the scenery and keep the kids excited.
4. After a fun morning, walking and picnicking, why not enjoy an afternoon swim? Swimming is a great way to cool down and kids don’t think of swimming as exercise. To them, swimming is just pure fun. I have to agree.
5. Turn your hike into a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of items to find. Place the items in an empty egg carton or allow your children to take pictures when they find an item.
6. Turn your child’s hiking pictures into a fun craft. Print out some pictures that each child has taken and have them make an outdoor adventure poster. Kids can decorate their poster with crayons, markers, washable paints, stamps and stickers. This is a great project idea for late afternoons when the kids have a little down time.
7. Taking a walk after dinner as a family is a great way to spend quality time and get in a little extra exercise.
8. Turn your child’s outdoor activities into a fun challenge by allowing them to wear pedometers. GeoPalz pedometers for kids are really cool. They come in fun designs that appeal to kids. Your child can log into the computer how far they have walked for the day and earn points that can be traded in for prizes.
9. Don’t forget to do a little star gazing at night. It is such a nice way to wind down a day!
Your schedule may not allow you time to incorporate all these ideas. Pick and choose the ones that work best for your family based on time, ages of your children and interests.
The main goal is to make exercise and outdoor fun part of your child’s routine. It’s healthy for your kids. It’s healthy for you. And I have found when kids are active and engaged mentally and physically, the result is less whine, less sibling conflicts and more peace. And they sleep well at night!
I’ll see ya around the campfire.
For more ideas and tips on getting kids outside and active during Screen Free Week, visit the following websites: