Here’s the latest parenting tip from the Healthy Start Council’s Susan Barmeyer. These are put together using funding from the Montana Children’s Trust Fund Board and the Parental Information & Resource Center Program of the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education.

Learning on the Go:

Active Fun

Sometimes it seems as though the easiest way to keep kids occupied is to turn on the TV.  But children log a staggering 28-32 hours every day in front of some sort of screen.  With obesity on the rise in the early years, children need to be more active.  Here are a couple of ideas to promote active fun at your house:

  • Make a tub of active toys that are appropriate for your children’s age that they can access at any time.  It could include balls of all varieties, Frisbees, hula hoops, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, paintbrushes (for painting with water), etc.
  • Teach your children outdoor activities, such as hide and seek, obstacle courses, hopscotch, leap frog, and follow the leader.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt by making a list of things for your children to find outside:  a rock, twig, clover leaf, pine cone, etc.  For the littlest ones, you can draw pictures.  You can also hide a few small treasures as well, such as marbles, old keys, or polished rocks.

Your children will have so much fun they won’t even miss the TV.  And there is one more reason to give your children lots of opportunities to be active – it helps their brains!

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