Well, August, I hate to say it but you were a big disappointment weather-wise. I’ll be writing ‘could do better’ on your report this year, that’s for sure! It was Dexter’s last summer holiday before starting school and we tried to get out and about but sometimes it was so miserable, it was just so difficult to find the motivation. Especially with a newborn to consider. So keeping kids active when the weather just ruins your plans – how do you do it? *This is a collaborative post*
Keeping kids active
The NHS recommends that all children over the age of 5 should have at least an hour of physical activity a day. It is believed that nearly 10% of children in their first year of school here in the UK are obese. Keeping them active, for just that one hour, is great for building confidence, learning about the world around them, growing strong muscles and bones and of course maintaining a healthy weight.
We’re not afraid of getting wet in the rain so happy to go out on a splashy adventure. We love heading to the park when it’s nice and we have a garden absolutely filled with toys. Our kids are definitely outdoor people. One of the things we’ve found really good is this pop-up play set from Kid Active. Perfect for inside or out. Ok so, our living room isn’t as big as our garden but Dexter and Paisley love to chase each other through it and we can use parts separately. I’m tempted to get another tunnel part so they can race each other too. Also, because it folds up so easily, it’s great for taking out with you to family BBQs etc.
Parents Top Tips
This summer we have been taking several trips to the local park but what else can we do? I asked some other bloggers for their top tips for keeping kids active, whatever the weather.
- Wellies on. Raincoats on. Head out for some puddle hunting! Let them get wet and have fun!
- Go on a mini camp in a sheltered forest – pop-up tent, waterproofs, and a camp stove for hot dogs and hot choc to warm you up www.anklebitersadventures.co.uk
- Build a den in the living room using lots of blankets and pillows. http://www.mummyalarm.co.uk
- Cannot beat a game of hide and seek – or “the floor is lava” www.mummyandmoose.co.uk
- Dancing! And dancing related games like musical statues or musical chairs/cushions.
- Swimming is a great way to burn off energy whilst learning and developing an important life skill and there are great ranges of baby swimwear and accessories available to help.
- Soft play. Let them run riot and burn off all their energy. Twinderelmo.co.uk
- We have a large lounge, so we bring the slide in from the garden (after wiping it to remove rain and spiders!) make stepping stones with cushions and tunnels with chairs and blankets. Indoor obstacle course! Lycrawidow.com
- Playing some games on the Wii can be great for this – keeps them entertained but also keeps them moving especially if you do the tennis or bowling games! www.mummyitsok.com
- Board games! They are really having a “moment” right now. So many to choose from. We like Lego Champion which you build and design yourself. https://spitting-yarn.com/
- Visit a soft play place, an indoor trampoline park, a climbing centre or your local leisure centre for swimming or to hire a court and play tennis or badminton www.devonmum.com
- The weather never ruins our plans. Hoods, waterproofs, and wellies are all that’s needed www.farmerswifeandmummy.com
- Dancing to music in your living room or playing with something like a Nintendo Wii (dance or sports) Http://teentweentoddler.com
- Play Video Games, Hopscotch(We use green painter’s tape to create elaborate grids), Disco party(I equip my kids with flashlights and turn up the pop music), Knee hockey( Playing hockey indoors is easy with a ball made from rolled-up socks)