Today's guest blog is a little different from the usual book faire. Martha Swirzinski is an author, and her children's books, Leap...Laugh...Plop and Guess...Giggle...Wiggle are all about movement and activity, so she's dropped by to talk to us about how to keep children active.
Tips to Keep Children Active
Use Outside as your Play Room
- Take a nature hike – name the colors you see, pick up trash for a more pleasant environment, count different types of plants, move like the animals you see.
- Visit a pick your own berry farm
- Play at a neighborhood park
- Ride bikes
- Walk the dog together or just take a walk as a family
- Teach your child how to plant a garden
- Dig for worms and roly poly animals
- Draw on the sidewalk with chalk
Find out what your child likes to do
- Read- take a walk to the library, pick books that encourage movement throughout the story.
- Draw – draw people being active and act out what they are doing
- Play- Try some of the classic games like Red Rover, Red Light/Green Light, Hopscotch, Tag, Charades, or 4 Square.
- Climb – a tree, a rope, a rock wall
- Dance- turn on the music and DANCE!! No one is watching so be silly and have fun!
Set a positive example
- Park farther from store entrances
- Take the stairs
- When you go to the park with your child be active with them and have fun playing.
- Eat healthy snacks and meals
- Take your children places that encourage walking: Zoo, botanical gardens, beach, museums, and parks.
- Teach children about personal space. Have each child extend their arms to the side and turn slowly in a complete circle. Make sure the arms of one child do not touch the arms of another child.
- Use the concept of freeze. Play areas are often noisy so use your outside voice and yell freeze. Teach the children that when they hear the word freeze they immediately hold the pose that they are in. You can then have them sit down and regain their personal space.
- Be sure that the proper fitting safety gear is worn for the activity.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking water is important when children are exercising, especially when it is hot. The Centers for Disease Control recommends 10 ounces every 15 – 20 minutes.
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Drop by Kevin McNamee's blog tomorrow for another great Writers on the Move interview with Mari Taylor.