Do you ever feel like you are running a marathon from the moment your kids step off the bus until their heads hit the pillow? A lot of days in our house do feel like that as we run from Cub Scouts, to fall sports, piano lessons, and other evening activities. As busy as our days can be, we always leave room for outdoor play. Play helps my kids decompress from their school day as well as providing exercise and social development with friends.
My kids are pretty exhausted when they get home from school. I encourage them to grab water and a healthy snack to refuel and head outside for at least an hour. CLIF Kid makes the perfect on the go snack for my active kids. CLIF Kid Zbar® are made with organic ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. My kids just care that they taste good and come in fun flavors. Goblin Chocolate Chip is the current favorite flavor in our house!
It's so nice when my kids ask, "Can I have one of the those yummy bars for a snack?" and I can enthusiastically say YES!
Now that the kids are fed and hydrated, it's time to get outside and play! Do you remember as kids our parents would say don't come back until dark? 70% of us moms did just that. Sadly today, only 30% of kids play outside. I would love to see more parents unplug devices and encourage kids to get outside. We do just that for at least an hour a day. Here are a few of our favorite ways to play outside...
Encourage your kids to pull out their scooters, bikes, and roller blades! My kids make up games where they enforce traffic laws. One of my boys will be the police officer while the other is the "driver". They make their own stop signs, toll gates, and speeding tickets!
My absolute favorite sports invention ever the the BOUNCE BACK NET! My boys throw balls at that net for hours. They make up their own challenges and goals to see how many passes or throws they can make.
Chalk is another one of my favorite outdoor toys. We keep a huge bucket of chalk in the garage. It's very inexpensive and can provide hours of entertainment!
Chalk can transform any play area into a sports field, pretend road, four square court, or hopscotch game. The possibilities are endless!
This short video shares more about how CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play for our kids. Be sure to check it out!
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