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Tracking PixelThis sponsored post is to raise awareness around Culturelle® Kids. They have partnered with KaBOOM!, for Project Playground. The program is investing $100,000 to build a new playground for one school in need.

There are many benefits to outdoor play: kids are naturally drawn to the outdoors and they love exploring their natural environments! Besides developing muscle strength, playing outdoors is also known to help build self-confidence. Let’s talk about how to get your kids outside and active!

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside

We moved to Arizona 4 years ago, with one of our goals to get outside more. Envisioning this massive outdoor play and actually making it happen are apparently two very different things! Fortunately, we’ve had our first week of temperatures that are out of the 3-digit range (barely, but it works!). What does this mean? Outside time!

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside

Sometimes, it’s not easy to go outside in Arizona. When it’s not 120 degrees out, we have monsoons and dust storms. They’re amazing and I love them, but it means our outdoor time is limited during certain seasons. We make sure we make the best of it when we are able to go outside and have a little fun.

Get Healthy!

Grace is my workout partner. She loves to exercise, and she pushes her sisters to do the same. From a young age, we’ve instilled the importance of overall health in our kids. Part of that is staying active; another part is having a healthy digestive system. It is important to me that the kids stay on track (no pun intended) with their digestive health. We use Culturelle® Kids as part of our healthy lifestyle. Culturelle® Kids is the probiotic most recommended by pediatricians. †

Design a garden!

While Rachel was visiting St. Louis, the girls and I built a garden for her. We had tons of help from our friend, Tiffany, thank goodness… because it was a lot of work.

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside

Explore

Arizona is known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes; we aren’t just desert. Whether you like to hike, swim, camp, or simply take in the gorgeous mountains, we have it all. Since moving here, the girls and I have learned to explore more, even if it means getting out of our comfort zone. Believe me when I say we’ve gotten out of our comfort zone – the last time we went hiking, we found a 6ft long rattlesnake on the path!

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside

We also explore by heading to the beach. It takes about 6 hours to get there, but it’s worth it. Last weekend, Sapphire chased huge bubbles while we watched the sunset at Moonlight Beach. Sometimes it’s best to “trick” them into being active, if they are wanting to sit on the couch and play video games instead.

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside

Create games together!

Because we have a large chalkboard wall in our loft, we always have tons of sidewalk chalk readily available for the kids to use. After Grace and Sapphire get home for the afternoon (Grace picks her up from school), they’ll play hopscotch or hangman or even tic-tac- toe while Rachel is making dinner.

You can buy hula hoops, frisbees, and other toys from the dollar store. Keep them in a bucket right inside the door (or in the mud room), for easy access when the kids are ready to play outside.

Bribes are okay, too!

Just kidding about the bribery. Kind of. The kids love to go swimming, so if they aren’t feeling like going outside, it’s easy to get a “YES!” if we ask if they want to go to the pool. Swimming together as a family is an easy way to stay active, especially when it’s hot.

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Win a new playground for your school!

Whether you’re a parent or a school administrator, you can apply for Project Playground to choose your school to win a new playground! You’ll need to describe the community, who will use the playground, and why it’s important for your child’s school to win! Why is it important to keep the kids at your school healthy? Let them know HERE!

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Culturelle® Kids.

SlapDashMom
Sadie Mae is an LGBT Lifestyle blogger living in Arizona with her three daughters. Her passions including traveling, healthy living, and teaching women how to work from home so they can spend more time with their kids.

12 Comments

  1. We live in a hot climate too and it can be hard to enjoy being outside. We do it in small doses … and spend a lot of time in our pool during the really harsh months.

  2. These are actually some really good ideas. I know exactly what you’re talking about when it’s so hot out. Noon want to go outside when it’s that hot. I think I would definitely take a couple of the suggestions so that my kiddos will continue to stay active.

  3. I love this! It’s so important to keep the kids active! With all the apps, games, videos, and what not out there, the inside can seem far more interesting to kids.

  4. I’m in Arizona too. Makes being outdoors tough sometimes, but it is definitely doable. Lots of indoor places to be active too.

  5. we live in AZ and there are a ton of things to do outside. it’s such a fun state.

  6. These are all awesome ideas to get kids outside. We live in the south, so we hate going outside during the summer but we just gotta do it. We are homeschooling so part of our science lesson was making a garden and see what grows the quickest, and it gets us outside and moving around.

  7. It’s so hard to get kids to play outside when there’s movies and video games and Internet! These are all great ideas to get them outside and active!

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