Keeping kids active during the school holidays
A change in routine can affect our eating and activity habits. For children, this can be the case during the school holidays.
With more time to be glued to the sofa or screen, some children will become less active, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s all about setting a different routine that suits your new schedule.
Early in the morning or after dinner can be a great time to keep family activity levels up, especially during the warmer summer months. Or, maybe sneaking “snackercise” into your day works better (small bits of exercise that happen while doing other things). You can do this by parking as far away as possible from your destination, taking the stairs, or walking around a mall.
Remember, a break from school doesn’t have to mean a break from a healthy lifestyle. Here are our ideas to keep the whole family active during the holidays.
Free or low cost ideas
- Walk – go to the bush, around the neighbourhood or to the local playground (pack a picnic too!)
- Jump rope, fly a kite, use chalk to make hopscotch shapes or a handball court
- Build a fort – inside or outside
- Wash the car
- Do some vegetable gardening – check out www.tuigarden.co.nz for help
- Go berry/fruit picking
- Get the kids involved in family cooking
- Go to the beach for a swim and sand sculpting, frisbee, beach cricket or beach tag
With a bit of equipment or cost
- Backyard cricket, frisbee, touch rugby/tag, croquet or petanque
- Run through the water sprinkler or have water gun battles
- Bike or scooter rides
- Visit the local ice rink, trampoline park, ten pin bowling alley, mini golf, or zoo (lots of walking involved)
Remember to drink plenty of water and if you’re outdoors - Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
Happy holidays from the Fuelled4life team!
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The Fuelled4life team.