What to do to entertain the kids for the last days of summer?
Very soon, the summer holiday will come to an end. You have been to the zoo, the amusement park and the water slides and now the kids are getting bored at home? What to do all day? Get moving! As parents, we have to model the behavior we want our kids to have. That means getting out and moving with them when we can. It isn’t enough to tell them to “go play.”This family time together is priceless and will help create active kids.
Here are some fun suggestions to help keep your children’s minds and bodies active before they are back to school.
1- Create a water park at home. Hose + Sprinklers + Tarp = so much fun. The kids can be very creative on a hot summer day with water!
2- Go on a nature walk and let them take pictures as you go. There are usually so many places around town that you don’t go very often or have always wanted to discover!
3- Put together an obstacle course. Their friends can all join in on the fun. You can create stations in the driveway using chalks and in the backyard with different equipment that you already have (hula hoops, balls, skipping rope, toys, chairs, pool, balloon, etc).
4- Have you heard about Watermelon Pizza? Here is a good recipe for the kids!
5- Put together a journal (scrapbooking) of all the different adventures that you did this summer. Let the kids go through the pictures and print as many as you would like! Great souvenir for the whole family.
6- Have the family participate in a playground workout! Kids love to exercise with their parents and you can set a great example at the same time. You and your child should aim for at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Here are some ideas that will challenge everybody:
- Station 1: Jungle gym pull-ups find a chest height bar and angle your body at 45 degrees holding onto the bar with arms extended, pull your chest towards the bar until your elbows are by your side
- Station 2: Park bench push-ups – find a lower bar (or a bench) and do regular push-ups with wide arms (wrists positioned below elbows)
- Station 3: Handing crunches – hang from the monkey bars and lift knees to 90 degrees
- Station 4: Pull-ups or body weight hang – from the monkey bars, attempt as many pull-ups as possible or simply hold your body weight as long as you can
- Station 5: Alternating leg swing plank from bench – hold body in a plank position and lift your leg a few inches of the ground, foot flexed, switch legs
- Station 6: Step up – use a piece of playground equipment, step up alternating legs, minimize pushing off
7- Try this healthy Summer Smoothie recipe. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
- 1 cup of almond milk – unsweetened
- 5 oz of Greek yogurt – plain
- 1 banana
- 1 1/2 cup of frozen peaches
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1/2 avocado
8- Learn to do something new! Your kids may discover a passion for a sport or activity they’ve never tried before. What about ultimate frisbee, kayaking, mountain climbing, snorkeling, golfing, paddle boarding, tennis etc.
9- Form a neighborhood soccer night! Great to get to know your neighbors and let the kids have some fun. Prepare some iced water and snacks and game on.
Regional Coordinator, Eastern Canada