Recent reports have suggested that many children are simply not getting enough exercise. This is something that you can do something about as a parent. By encouraging your children to spend more time playing outdoors, you can ensure that they get involved in playing more active games.
Promoting the idea of increasing exercise will not just have short term benefits. We all know that habits picked up in childhood can constantly continue into adult life. So take the opportunity to set your kids a good example when they are young and they will go on to feel the benefits in later life.
The key to making sure that your children want to play outdoors is to ensure that there are enough exciting forms of outdoor play being provided. This may mean introduce some new games to the garden, or possibly spending more time with your children to show them how much fun can be found outdoors.
So what games should you look to introduce? Children obviously vary in terms of their personalities and likes. Having said that, many of the best outdoor games seem to have an enduring popularity.
If you think back to your own childhood and think about the games that you enjoyed playing then you may get some inspiration for what your kids will enjoy too. Bikes, trampolines, paddling pools, climbing frames and kites are all likely to be an instant hit with children today.
Do not be put off if your children initially react by seeing outdoor activities as being boring. Many kids have become so used to playing video games and other indoor activities that it can take a while for them to adapt to outdoor play.
It is, however, certainly worth spending time helping them to enjoy outdoor play. They'll soon find that it can be great fun. It's also good news in terms of their health, ensuring that they get plenty of exercise and fresh air.