Summer vacation is just around the corner and the days will soon be filled with sunshine and kids looking to be entertained. Keep the kids off the couch and in the great outdoors this summer by creating your own Activity Jar and filling a bin in your yard with lots of inexpensive toys to spark their imagination and creative play.
Kids thrive on free play and unstructured time to be outside and active. You can raise active kids by inspiring and encouraging this with balls of all shapes and sizes, with skipping ropes, chalk, sprinklers, hula hoops and, of course, by getting outside with them when you can.
Sit down with your kids and make a list of all the things they love to do or search the internet for fun games you can play on your own or with a friend and write them each on their own piece of paper. Put these papers in an Activity Jar and whenever the kids are getting bored, have them pick out a new activity.
By ensuring you have some toys on hand that they can easily access you will be adding hours to their fun time outdoors. Of course your front lawn might look like mine all summer, but I am OK with that. My lawn is a sure sign that kids were having fun that day and being active outside and that is always OK with me.
Top Toys to Get Kids Outside
Velcro Mitt/Ball set
Bean Bag/Ring Toss
Slip n Slide
Mini Basketball Net/Ball
Baseball Glove/T-Ball Set
Remember to be sun safe this summer when sending the kids outdoors and lather on the sunscreen and have pitchers of water on hand to keep them hydrated. Have some of these Real Fruit Protein Popsicles in the freezer to refuel them ad keep them playing so they don’t have to come inside for a big meal!
How will your kids get outside and play this summer?