Four Ways to Energize Kids with Outdoor Active Play
May 22, 2015
Help kids – and even other adults – realize the healthy energizing effect of active play outdoors.
- Take a nature walk outside and along the way when kids see and learn about a new or different bird, bug, animal or plant, the group performs an active movement (hopping, running in place, arm circles).
- Download and use this month’s Classroom & Afterschool activity, Healthy Choices Scavenger Hunt, but take it outside to perform on the playground.
- Coordinate a class field trip to a local community garden during a time when they need help planting or harvesting. Let kids get involved and active! Or consider a Fruit & Veggie Field Trip. (Check out Target Field Trip Grants.)
- Adults can be great role models! Try these ideas, and talk to kids about why you choose to do them:
- Ask kids to join you on your morning or evening walk or jog.
- Park further from work, the grocery store, or shopping mall to intentionally walk a little further to your destination.
- Use the stairs everywhere you go-indoors and outdoors!
Help kids hear the message that active play feels good.
Let them see ways to be active outside.
Let them do by walking, seeking items and doing outside chores that are fun.