PLAYGROUND GIVEAWAY!! + 5 Ways to Get Your Kids Active Outside
This 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Culturelle® Kids.