10 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy and Active This Summer

School is out for summer break and I love having my kids home with me. I always want summer to be a fun time that they look forward to, but it can be so easy to let it turn into a movie marathon. During the school year kids have school sports, P.E., and recess to ensure that they are up and active at least a little bit every day. Here are 10 ways to help keep your kids healthy and active this summer:

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1-Plan a Park Day: Pick a Day of the week that is park day, each week try a new park in your city or town. Getting out of the house and trying new things is good for everyone!

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2-Pick a Sport: Have your kids pick one summer sport they would like to try or be a part of. I don’t like our summers to become over scheduled, but I do like them to participate in at least one sport while school is out. Swim team is our favorite.

3-Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand: I get asked for a snack a million times a day over summer break. Keeping healthy items accessible and junk food to a minimum will help your kids learn to reach for the good stuff when they get hungry.

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4-Explore Outside: Find a walking path or hike that is age appropriate for your kids and get outside! Soak up the sun and explore the world around you!

5- Learn Something New: Keep brains active and healthy by finding somewhere to learn something new. Head to the zoo or local museum, pick an animal to study, or learn the history of your city. Whatever you choose, let your kids lead the way, when they are excited about what they are learning they will be more engaged.

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6- Plant a Garden: Planting a garden is a great way to get outside and get moving. Your kids will love seeing their favorite flowers, fruits, and veggies popping up though the ground.

7- Plan a Trip: Summer vacations are a must, pick a destination your whole family is excited about. Maybe even let each child plan a part of the trip.

8- Hit the Pool or Splash Pad: When it is really hot, getting outside can be tough. Head to your local pool or splash pad for some refreshingly cool fun in the sun.

9- Cook Together: Kids don’t always love healthy food options, but they are usually more willing to try something they helped make. Whip up some delicious healthy meals together and start some new healthy eating habits.

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What is your favorite way to keep your kids healthy and active all summer?

ⱡSOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fruits and Veggies More Matters® April 2016. Available at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/myplate-and-what-is-a-serving-of-fruits-and-vegetables

About Aimee

My name is Aimee and I was lucky enough to meet my perfect match at age 15. We were married 6 years later and are parents to the cutest kiddos around. Our oldest son is a cautious, but outgoing, smarty pants with a little sister who has no fear and loves to push all his buttons. They are 19 months apart. Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a second grade teacher, and I loved every minute of it. Now I spend most of my day on the floor building trains, tucking in baby dolls, reading stories, and laughing my guts out with my own kids. I love to spend time with my family, travel, read, watch movies, be outdoors, and eat!

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10 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy and Active This Summer — 10 Comments

  1. My kids love to spend time outside. We have a great park near by that has some fantastic play structures.

  2. Planning activities for your family is a great way to have fun outside. We like to go for hikes together.

  3. These are some great ideas for the summer. My daughter tends to sick inside and she needs to get out there more.

  4. The best part of living in the west is the variety of hiking spots to keep the kids exorcising. Though, keeping them healthy on the inside is something I never really think about.

  5. Keep kids busy as they approach the teen years can be its own challenge. Hope to tailor some of these tips to older kids!

  6. What great tips. We have all three kids enrolled in swim team and my little man also has soccer a few nights a week. I love staying busy all Summer :)

  7. These are great tips. My kids all have 4 legs, so I have no problem getting them to stay active. It’s getting them to stop that’s an issue. LOL