At times, motivating your family to peel themselves away from the TV can seem like an uphill battle. But don’t lose hope! We have come up with a list of fun, engaging activities that will keep your children away from the TV and having fun.
Summer is a great time to establish a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. Cultivate a supportive environment for summer weight loss by making your kids health a priority and keeping track of how your family is spending their free time. You will be able to develop a healthy lifestyle by making a few small changes to your routine.
The most important thing to keeping your kids off the couch has to be something that they enjoy. At first, there might be a little resistance but if you continue to give your children stimulating and creative ways to play the TV will become an afterthought.
Fun ways to play:
- Tightrope Tollbooth: With a piece of sidewalk chalk (using the side of the chalk) draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot-long chalk line (making the line as straight or as squiggly as you would like) on the sidewalk or driveway and challenge bikers to keep both wheels on the line at all times. Add another dimension by giving each participant the same number of pennies and place an empty soup can at the line’s midpoint. The rider that drops the most pennies into the can, and completes the course, is the winner.
- Sponge Relay: Start with two buckets (one for each team), have at least one sponge for each time and one large container of water. Divide the kids into two teams and have them line up across from their bucket. One by one, each team member grabs a sponge and runs to their bucket and squeezes as much water out of the sponge as possible. One at a time, each member of the team grabbed a sponge and ran to their bucket. Then the team member runs back to their team (with the sponge) so the next kid can have a turn. When time runs out (you can determine this based on children’s age and number of participants) measure both teams buckets to see who got the most water in their bucket. For older children, it is fun to add math into the mix by getting exact measurements with measuring cups or beakers and graduated cylinders.
- Sponge Bullseye: Draw a bullseye with sidewalk chalk and assign points to each circle of the target. Have the kids stand on the starting line and toss their wet sponge at the target. This game can be played in teams (to build social skills) or individually. Add up the points after everyone has had a turn and the team (or child) with the most points wins!
- Bossy Ball: This game is played like regular catch, but with a slight twist. Randomly stick 7 to 12 strips of masking tape on a playground ball with different rules on each strip. For example you can have the kids throw the ball overhead, backwards, underhand, between the legs, mid-jump, while singing, eyes closed and anything else the springs to mind. Once the first player picks up the ball, he or she must look at the words under their right hand. Have the first player throw the ball according to what the words say. The second player has to try to catch the ball in the same manner in which it was thrown (for example, if the first player has to throw the ball while singing, the second player has to catch the ball while singing). The second player then looks at the words under his or her right hand, and so on. Make the game more challenging by trying to catch the ball as many times as possible and then try to beat your record.
- Nature Scavenger Hunt: It is as simple as it sounds! Create a list of things that are (relatively) easy to find and create a list for your children. Be sure to outline the rules for your kids too, give them a time frame and a safe area where they can look for the things on their lists.
It is vitally important that kids weight loss is a priority. Create an environment where your kids can make healthy choices easily. Lead by example. Encourage healthy habits in your children by setting a good example. By doing this you are creating a foundation for the best opportunity for your child to grow into a healthy adult.
If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of help in the healthy family arena, you can help jumpstart your new routine by enrolling in a family weight loss camp. Enrolling in a weight loss camp provides guidance and inspiration for kids and adults alike. Camps are a great way to put a healthy lifestyle in a positive light, especially if you come across more than just a little resistance.
No matter how you approach these games and general tips to a healthy family lifestyle, you are fostering your child’s self growth and decision making skills. By cultivating an environment where your kids can easily make healthy choices you are reinforcing a lifelong healthy relationship that your child will carry with them the rest of their lives.
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