Showing posts with label #keepingactive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #keepingactive. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Reaping The Benefits Of Outdoor Play.

When it comes to outdoor play I pretty much enforce it (in a nice way) on the boys.
They all have so much energy, that there really isn't a better way than getting rid of it by being in the great outdoors.
Wether that be out in the garden, on a woodland walk, down by the beach or at the local park!

My most wild child is Ru, and every time he goes out the benefits of outdoor play are so clear to see.
He's happier, he's speaks more, he's confident and he takes a keen interest in what the other boys are doing around him.

Compared to when he's stuck indoors all day.
Where meltdowns are more likely to happen and less play is done.

Even his nursery teachers tell me the difference in him once he's been outside is amazing.
He is lucky enough to go to a little nursery right in the middle of the woods, just down from Sandringham.
When they aren't out in the woods, they are encouraged to go into the garden and play on the outdoor play equipment.

The twins have always been outdoor boys and love nothing more than playing at in the park.
Running around and throwing themselves down the slide.

After their first day at their new school, they came running out with huge grins on their faces to tell me all about the cool playground equipment they had.

The equipment is was built like a castle and has all these different walls to climb over and under.
The fun they can have whilst playing on it is endless!

At their previous school there was nothing like that, so for them to be so pleased over something that should be common in most schools, made me think why do some schools not promote being active?

 independent research commissioned by ESP and carried out by Liverpool John Moores University, we discovered that the average amount of physical activity taking place during PE lessons was remarkably low. The report demonstrated that “68% of a child’s PE lesson is spent stationary”

That to me is unacceptable and makes me think no wonder 1 in 3 children are overweight!

The schools should play a part in keeping children active as well as the parents!

When the boys aren't in the garden wrestling each other or playing football, I love taking them up to the woods for a bear hunt and tree climbing.
They usually return home covered in mud but they are always smiling!

Not only does it do them the world of good, it helps me clear my head specially if they've been bickering most of the morning.

Outdoor play is also great for encouraging children’s creativity
Away from the constraints and confinement of indoor play, being outside children’s imaginations are often stimulated by the objects around them and they quickly tap into their creativity.

I certainly see a lot more creative play when the boys are outside.
There are less boundaries and that gives them the freedom they need to really challenge their imaginations!

**In collaboration with ESP Play.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Goal! The Importance Of Sports For Kids

Fitness is an important part of our lives. 
There’s no doubt about that at all. 
That goes for our little ones as well. 
Are you finding the time to go to the gym and eat well?

While our kids shouldn’t really be pumping iron at young ages, there’s nothing wrong with a healthy interest in sport. In fact, it should be encouraged!

Competitive sports are a great way for our kids to get fit, let off some steam and make new friends in a team. There are loads of other benefits as well! Competition allows our brains to learn faster, it teaches us to give 100 percent to tasks, it gives us coping mechanisms and most importantly - it is fun!

Giving your kids access to a new community is a good idea. It’s too easy to allow the children to keep pent up in the house. The little ones have bags upon bags of energy to expend and allowing them to expend that energy in a sport isn’t going to hurt. Not only that, but they are going to be exposed to mentors and plenty of new friends. It’s great way to form a lifelong hobby.

What sport thought? listed the five best sports for kids and among them are softball, football and walking. 
We’ll leave the jury decision on the latter for now.

We can focus on football. In the UK, you’re just a stone’s throw away from a football club and it’s plastered all over the telly. It’s not hard to foster an interest in football. It’s also a cheap hobby - football boots and gear isn’t even going to touch £100 if you shop in the right places. 
Football is a great team sport that is easy to play and difficult to master, meaning it can be a real long-term hobby for your children. What’s more it is a very rewarding sport that offers a chance at victory every single week - and football trophies by Premier Trophies can show your little baller that he’s on the path to greatness! If you're next to a large football club, there will be opportunities for your kids to get involved with schools over the summer - which is a great way to introduce them to the sport, or build their skills. 
Just make sure that football isn't their only focus in life!

Swimming is also a great sport that you can do rather cheaply, and it’s something you can get involved in as well! A few lengths of a pool with your kids isn’t a bad idea and if your children swim like fishes, they can go far in the sport! 
We wrote earlier about the benefits of swimming and they are quite abundant. It’s a great way for the whole family to stay fit and active - who doesn’t love a splash about?

As important as doing well at a sport may be, it's more important to start and there's no better time than right now.