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4 Tips to Get Your Child Outdoors This Summer
With the increase of electronics and online engagement, children spend less time outdoors and being physically active. Kids spend an average of 53 hours a week on entertainment media, which can deter them from reaping the benefits of being active – reducing their risk of developing diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol while also helping them develop social skills and the ability to learn and retain information.
So in order to get your little soccer players to spend more time playing outside, we pulled together some ideas on how you can continue to keep them active when they’re not on the field.
Set an example through daily activities
As a role model for your children, you can show them how fun and beneficial it is to be active. Make it a daily routine for your family to spend time outside together by going on an evening stroll, passing the soccer ball around in the back yard or taking the dog for a walk.
Use toys and equipment that encourages outdoor play
Pull together toys that will get your child outside, such as jump ropes, flying discs, balls and kites. Using a bucket or box to store the items is a great way to keep them all together and encourages your little ones to be responsible for putting them away.
Let them discover
You call fuel your children’s curiosity by encouraging them to explore the yard. Give them tools too, such as a magnifying glass or even a box to store all the cool things they find.
Plant a garden
Planting a garden can show your kids how to care for something. You can plant fruits and vegetables, which you can use later when cooking, or a small patch of pretty flowers. Gardening can help grow your kids natural curiosity while developing their motor skills and teaching them responsibility and patience.