I really love this time of year, lighter evenings make such a difference to my mood! I love that when I pick the kids up in the afternoon it is light right up until they go to bed. It means we can get out and about more.
My two love being outdoors. I think it helps that in their German Kindergarten they are outside as much as possible. It is so good for them to be outdoors.
I thought it would be fun to show some of the things we love doing in the summer to get the kids more active.
*This is a collaborative post*
6 fun Ways to make your Kids more active
Buy a Trampoline
When we first bought our trampoline I wasn’t sure how much the boys would use it. I now realise that the answer to that is All. The. Time! It is a great way to burn off extra energy. If you are a big kid like me then you will probably enjoy the odd shot of the trampoline too, while shouting “Get out of the way kids…” Just me?
Go on a Nature Hunt
Last year I created a Nature Hunt for the boys and they loved every minute of it. We had a lot of fun and I have been meaning to do a new one, with a Spring focus. If you don’t have time to pull one together, then you can find a downloadable one here: https://doublemonkeybusiness.co.uk/2016/10/10/going-nature-hunt/
Get the family some Heely’s
Many years ago my cousin came to meet me at the airport and I always remember wondering how he was gliding across the floor. He was having so much fun and I later found out that he was wearing Heely’s. So basically cool trainers with wheels on the soles. For the big kid among us, Skate Hut also do adult sizes. So, everyone can join in! I have to say though my favourites are the comic book ones (see above photo).
Visit the Frisbee Park
Near the lake where we live they have just built one of these frisbee parks. The boys have had so much fun trying – and mostly failing – to get the frisbee in the net. Hours of entertainment for everyone. Disclaimer: I say the boys mostly fail, in the interest of being fair I should admit I am not much better!
Challenge them to Mini Golf
We went to play crazy golf / mini golf a few weeks ago. The boys had never been before and we assumed they would be bored after the first couple of rounds. How wrong were we. They stuck it out to the end and then didn’t want to leave. They now ask every weekend to go back and do it all again.
Go on a Cycle Ride
I have always loved cycling. I still cycle to work – although these days I tend to be more of a fairweather cyclist and only do it when I know there is no chance of rain. We are getting the bikes an upgrade for their birthday. Bye bye balance bike. Hello big grown up bikes. I cannot wait for them to learn to ride properly so we can do family bike rides in the summer.
So there you have it, my guide to getting your kids more active. If you have any other fun ideas, I would love to hear them. Leave a message in the comments or on my social media. I always love to hear from you!