How to Encourage Active Play in ChildrenPosted by Daniel Navarro on
Children who are more physically active tend to stay healthier. As parents, we only want what’s best for our kids. Luckily, there are many ways to persuade children to get engaged in active play.
Keep on reading if you want to know more about how to get your children physically active.
Limit the amount of time your child spends seated.
Try to shorten the time your child is spending in streaming videos online or playing games on tablets. After all, pediatrics only recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time each day and that includes TV, computers, and smartphones.
So, instead of keeping your child busy with sitting activities, keep him busy with more activities that will require them to move around.
Be your own child’s playmate.
Because we’re too busy with work or the household, we often forget that our children needs us to play with them too. Get off your smartphones and be creative in playing with your child.
Play some good music and keep on dancing!
You don’t have to be a professional dancer. Just go and make up silly dance moves with your child. You can look up in the internet for the trending children’s music to get your child more excited. Children can learn to be more creative and have improved balance and body coordination through dancing.
Create a dedicated space for your child to do his physical activities.
Maximize your place by setting a specific spot where they can jump, run, skate or ride a bike freely. You can also give them stuff like push and pull toys or remote controlled cars to encourage them to play around.
Arrange playdates for your child.
Kids usually get hyped when they see others of their age. Give your child a chance to play around with other kids. Aside from getting physically active, children also develop social skills during playdates.
These are just some of the many ways for your child to get inclined to active play. Try out every opportunity for your child to get active because it would benefit him a lot later in life.