Our kiddos should be active for at least one hour every day. Although exercise could happen indoors, and in some parts of the world this might be the only way, here in SA, sending them outside with something like a ball, bucket or jump rope is really the best way to promote healthy, active play.
Playing outdoor games can improve mental and physical health in children and even develop essential social skills. The benefits are endless! Gross motor skills, the larger movements the body makes with the arms, legs, feet or entire body, are honed during outdoor play. A jump rope is a classic example!
Jumping rope is easy to teach, inexpensive, mobile and a great way for kids to have fun. Skipping integrates many parts of the body and helps improve motor skills. Timing, coordination, balance and posture can all benefit.
There is no place like the sandpit or garden for developing social skills. Watch your kiddo practice their manners and life skills while creating mud pies for their imaginary diners or cooking up a storm in the sandpit “kitchen” with buckets, spades and cookie cutters.
Making outdoor play fun for kids can inspire the wee ones to engage in games and sports. You can send your their favourite “indoor” toys to the great outdoors when the sun shines bright and where the air is right! Dolls, racing cars, play sets and dress up can all be played with differently by simply taking them outside and adding an outdoorsy element such as a bucket of water or a blow up pool, an storage empty box or even a tent!