There is a positive link between physical activity and aspects of mental, emotional and social health. Children enjoy these benefits when they play outside, increased social skills, lower levels of overweight and obesity, healthy development, improved self-regulation of their emotions: improved skills to deal with stress, opportunities to build resiliency skills and more. Check out these fun active games.
It is an extra special year; Canada is celebrating its birthday! What better way than to highlight the importance of physical activity, diversity of sport, weather, activity and fun of course! Check out the 150 Playlist from ParticipACTION.
Teaching your child to read and write is fundamental to their learning. Teaching your child to develop physical literacy skills is essential for a healthy and active life. They are the building blocks to help your child have the confidence to take part in a variety of active games and sports. Try these active game ideas to get started.
As a parent, you can help your child learn healthy habits by setting screen time limits and encouraging your child to power down the phone and turn off the tablet. Get outside for some active fun as a family and form new healthy routines together. Healthy habits set now will stay with your kids as they grow and develop into healthy adults. Click here (link) for more information about screen time and your child’s health.
Children who play outside have increased social skills, lower levels of overweight and obesity, healthy development, improved self-regulation of their emotions, improved skills to deal with stress, and opportunities to build resiliency skills. Make time each day for your kids to get active and get outside!
Did you know that while screen time recommendations vary slightly for different age groups, no matter how old your child(ren) are, it is agreed that less is best! Parents play a major role in supporting healthy behaviours and providing children opportunities for healthy active living. Work with your family to shut down the screens and start new active routines!
Do you have family rules to help limit recreational screen time? Here are a few tips to try: set limits, remove screens from your child’s bedroom, have a prepared list of alternative activities for outside play, have a “screen free day” each week, track screen time with a scheduling sheet so you know when your child has reached their limit, be a role model and limit your own screen time.
Did you know there are sedentary guidelines for children that include information on leisure screen time limitations? Be a healthy active role model for your child(ren), click the link below to learn more!
Did you know? Only a third of children and youth are playing outdoors for several hours per day. Outdoor play is essential because kids are more active when they are outside. And it’s a great way to have fun and make some new friends….people or snowmen! Why not try a game of Icicle Tag next time? Check out our resource to learn how.
Unstructured, outdoor play is an important way for children to get enough physical activity each day. Unstructured play can increase kid’s creativity, increase problem solving skills, and improve intellectual growth. Find some ways to have fun in the snow with your kids. Check out this list of ideas from Participaction.
Outdoor active play has many benefits for children. Being active promotes good mental health, helps kids deal with stress, and improves confidence and self-esteem. Make it your goal to stay active all through this winter season.