Tips for filling your day with active play

25/05/2017
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It’s often challenging to find the time for playing together when you have a busy family life, especially if you are also balancing work commitments and other activities. Ensuring your children participate in at least 60 minutes of active play each day is highly recommended, but it’s a lot easier said than done.

Play is a vital element of your child’s emotional, social, and physical development. There are, however, a lot of external forces creating barriers between you and ensuring your children have ample active playtime. Technology, busy schedules, and the high cost of toys and equipment all get in the way. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips for filling your day with active play…

Make downtime playtime…

As much as 64% of parents admit to allowing their children to miss out on active play, as a result of scheduling issues. The easiest solution to this is to ensure that your downtime becomes playtime.

60 minutes sounds like a lot of active play to fit into a day, but it doesn’t all have to happen at once. 10 minute increments, such as while you’re waiting for the bus, cooking dinner, or getting ready to go out, are the perfect opportunities to ensure your children engage in short bursts of active play. Keep them moving while waiting, and ensure they are outside, playing when you are busy, rather than sitting inside watching television or on computer games. Teach them quick and easy games, like Simon Says, hide and seek, tag, and leapfrog.

Create DIY toys…

The high prices of sports equipment often get in the way of active play. Rather than breaking the bank buying expensive trampolines and sports gear, recycle everyday objects from home and turn them into toys. Old socks make great hacky-sacks when filled with beans, while balloons, sticks and hoops can easily be turned into fun and active games.

Be your child’s playmate…

Surveys indicate that up to 53% of parents have cited a lack of playmates as a reason for their child failing to play. Most children don’t like to play alone and the lack of siblings or friends can often result in them resorting to sedentary play alone. Don’t let this hold you or them back, be their playmate and get active with them ensuring they always have somebody to play with.

If you want to learn more about the importance of active play and get further advice and tips, we can help here at Little Giggles…