Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Keeping Kids Active

The number of overweight preschoolers has doubled over the past ten years. Try these tips for keeping your child’s day filled with activity and learning.

  1. Encourage outdoor games: Classic games like Tag, Follow the Leader, the Hokey Pokey, and Hide and Seek will keep little ones on the go. Most young children are active learners, so games like Hopscotch and Four Square will help them learn their numbers while also keeping them physically fit.
  2. Explore the world around you: Dig in the dirt. Chase after shadows. Throw sticks in a puddle. Plant a garden. The world is your playground.
  3. Make TV time active time: Kids don’t need to slump on the couch as they watch favorite programs. Encourage them to sing, march and dance along as they watch characters like Barney, or the Boohbahs.
  4. Limit TV time: When a program is over, turn the TV off and suggest one of the activities below to promote active learning.
  5. Provide healthy snacks: Active kids need the right fuel for their growing bodies. You’ll find kid-friendly recipes for nutritious snacks like Ants on a Log and Grapecicles that you can make together at the Zoom Café.
  6. Do chores together: Dust. Sweep. Wipe off the table. Give dolls and trucks a bath. Not only will you stay active, you’ll make your child feel like a grown-up, responsible member of the family.
  7. Set a good example: When you exercise regularly and eat healthy foods, you set an example that will shape your child’s habits for life.

What do you do to keep your kids healthy and active?

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