Check out these ideas for your children to have some creative yet healthy activities that they will love.
Recent research has indicated that too much screen time is bad for our children. It has a negative impact on many areas of their lives. It affects sleep, concentration and cognitive functions. Some research has suggested that it alters the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and planning. Too much sitting down and not enough moving around has a negative effect on the body. But how can we change our children’s habits and encourage them to live more healthy and balanced lives?
Encourage your children to take part in activities that do not require a screen. The more fun the activity, the more likely your child will get involved. Establish a creative and stimulating environment within the home.
1. Garden Games
We all know that fresh air is good for us. And we know that it’s good for kids to run around outside. Set up varied activities in the garden. Look for the best trampolines , swing sets, and slides. Set up goal posts if your child likes football and you have the room. Other popular activities include swingball, hopscotch, and table tennis. In the summer, water games are popular.
2. Plant a Garden
Interest your child in gardening by giving them their own plot of land. This could be a small flower bed. Or, if space is limited, a few planters. Show them how to plant herbs and vegetables. Grow some tomatoes on your windowsill. When their plants are ready, demonstrate how to incorporate them into meals. Let them join in.
3. Go to the Playground
Take your kids to the playground. This will provide them with a larger area to run around in. They can also mix with other kids to have fun.
4. Go for a Walk
Children like to discover new things. They are naturally curious about the world they inhabit. Fire their enthusiasm by taking them to new and interesting places . Go for a walk in the woods and challenge them to find different plants, leaves, and other natural objects. Take them to petting zoos and farms. Being outdoors, with no other distractions is a benefit in itself. Research has shown that it can help with concentration and mood.
5. Go Cycling
If your children are old enough, encourage them to ride their bikes. Take them for long bike rides to see new places. Plan the route in advance to ensure it is child-friendly. Ensure you have all the right safety equipment and that everyone has adequate cycling proficiency training .
6. Go to the Beach
The beach is always a fun place and there’s so much to do there. Spend the day and pack a picnic. Go for long walks on the sand, play games , and take a bat and ball. Paddle in the sea and build sandcastles .
There are lots of activities you can plan for your kids that will fire their enthusiasm and coax them out of the house. Screens are fine, but like most things they just need to be limited. Once your children have more activities and a greater social circle, they are less likely to spend all their time in front of the TV.