One of the core principles of Learn Play grow is getting – and keeping – children active. Activity, active play and sport are so important for little ones. Getting the right amount of activity into a child’s life has so many benefits; it helps to build strong bones, keeps them at a healthy weight, and of course, it’s great fun too.
NHS guidelines say that ideally kids need to be active for at least an hour every day. That’s not difficult to achieve, especially as young kids have so much energy. Despite the rise of tablets and smart phones, children still love running around and playing with their friends indoors and outside, and you can encourage this by helping them to find activities the enjoy taking part in, introducing them to a sport or bringing them along to clubs and sessions like Learn Play Grow.
Six fun activity ideas for children
- Make a point of walking or cycling to school. You can go with younger children and older kids might enjoy being able to walk to school with their friends. Walking and cycling give you a wonderful opportunity to introduce the idea of road safety to your children too.
- Go to the woods and help them build a den or even a treehouse. Kids love climbing trees, so why not let them experiment – under close supervision of course.
- Take them roller skating – or if you have a skate park let them have a go at skateboarding, Ice skating, if you have a rink nearby, is another winner, great for balance and coordination as well as a fun activity. Many rinks do kids parties if you wanted to get a group of your children’s friends together.
- There are so many challenges and charity walks – why not work towards one together? Try a swimathon or a fun-run and raise money for a good cause at the same time, both will give them a sense of achievement.
- Encourage them to come with you when you take the dog for a walk – and if you don’t have one, borrow one! Neighbours, family and friends will all be happy to let you take the dog out for them, and you could even encourage older kids to offer a dog walking service to neighbours.
- Support your kids in sports clubs – introducing kids to sport at an early age teaches them skills and behaviours that will support them as they grow. You could try a Learn Play Grow class, a follow-on tennis or other sport class, or get them to join the school football or netball team.
If you’d like to find out more about some of the health benefits for children of being more active, check out the Department of Health infographic for children and young people.