Let the Games begin: Children need to Play
The word exercise to kids sounds formal. In fact to them it is all about boring activity that leaves them dirty and sweaty. As a parent you can change their perception of this and have them up and running thanks to outdoor sporting activities. Anything that sounds fun will no longer be boring. There are many exercises kids can do in the name of fun. They in turn become stronger and healthier.
Baseball & Softball
For over a century now, little boys and girls have grown up dreaming of being baseball players. Why not get your children started early? Kids as young as 5 can learn how to play T-ball. After that, it’s on to softball and then hardball (otherwise known as baseball).
Soccer may seem like an activity that’s more popular in other parts of the world, but it’s actually one of the most commonly played sports in America today. The U.S. Youth Soccer Organization was founded in 1974 with a humble 100,000 registered players. Today, there are more than 3 million.
Do you have a birthday party and do not know how you will convince the kids to get outside and play/ well there are several ideas of what you can do and before you know it, the kids will be running allover having fun.
Giant Slip ‘n’ Slide
Make your own slip ‘n’ slide by laying out a tarp, spraying it down with water, then letting the hose continue to run on top of the slide. Take turns running across your lawn, then sliding across the tarp for a slippery, exciting game.
Best played after the sun goes down, flashlight tag is the perfect outdoor game for late-night birthday or block parties. One player is designated “it” and is given a flashlight. The other players hide. When “it” finds a hidden player, he shines the light on the hider and the hider then becomes “it.” The original “it” then hides, and the game continues.
Many children today are being denied the right to play by parents who claim they are too busy. Children need to stretch, shout and run. You should not rob them of their precious childhood. Buying them new video games or cellphones is not bad but they should not take the place of good old fashioned physical activity.
“An 8-year-old going to school, taking piano, swimming, quantum physics and ninja training on the weekend is, more than anything, a future psychologist’s client,” she wrote, adding that when the child’s adult life “doesn’t turn out to be as grandiose as mom and dad forced him/her to believe,” it will be evident that what he or she had really needed as a child were playtime, “friendships and positive examples.”
Just about everywhere I’ve gone since the column published, people have stopped me to say they agree with a clinical psychologist I quoted, who argued that hectic schedules are damaging American families. Many also agree with a trainer who said kids should wait until they’re 11 or 12 to join league sports.