I used to love the occasional lazy summer day, but kids and lazy days don’t mix. My daughter is one busy toddler and keeping her moving and grooving is the key to a happy day and a good night’s sleep. Thankfully, summertime means lots of sunshine and lots of easy, fun ways to to keep her active. Here are my top favourite 10 ways to get kids moving over the summer.
Go for a bike ride
I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t loves bikes. Even at two-years-old my daughter is happy to toddle along on her push bike – even if it takes us half an hour to circle the block : ) Go for a quick cruise around your neighbourhood or embark on a longer journey if you have older kids.
Do a little gardening
Pretty up your outdoor space and get the kids a dose of fresh air and movement at the same time. Have them help you water, weed, or dig in the dirt.
Take a hike
Head to your nearest trail and go on a hiking adventure. Keep little ones interested by pointing out wildflowers, interesting plants, and any signs of wildlife.
Head out on a scavenger hunt
Write or print out a list of easy to find outdoor objects and get hunting in your backyard or around your neighbourhood.
Fly a kite
Take advantage of the next windy day and enjoy this classic activity!
Set up your sprinkler
Beat the heat and get your kids running and jumping at the same time. Bonus: your lawn will benefit from the extra water.
Play at the park
My daughter could spend all day at the park. Swinging, sliding, and merry-go-rounding is hard work!
Nothing tuckers out kids better than a good swim. Head to your local pool, or hit up the nearest lake or beach, and get splashing!
Play hide and seek
Take this one indoors and outdoors and just try to not to smile at some of the ridiculously obvious places your kids hide in.
Kick a soccer ball around, toss a baseball back and forth, or bust out the volleyball at the beach. Summer sports are plentiful, and they’re a great way for everyone to get a little exercise in.