When I first has the idea of a Youth Sports Weekend blog post, I envisaged it to me more than organized sport, but to celebrate and encourage an active lifestyle. So, today, I thought I’d share with you some of the ways that help me maintain an active lifestyle for my children at home.
I have always enjoyed physical activity myself and this was something that I desperately wanted to share with my children. In the early days, before the girls stated school, physical activity was an absolute necessity. It was my strategy for surviving the long lonely days with the children…. Getting out of the house to go for a walk, a play in the playground, a bike ride or playing in the yard. Keeping my oldest daughter active (and tiered) was seriously the only way I could manage her behavior and get her to sleep at night!
This is some of the equipment I have found indispensable for having an active lifestyle at home. I believe that encouraging active play at home has established the foundations for more organized sport. My kids have developed fitness, strength and perseverance through play. They have also developed essential skills of catching, hitting, kicking, balancing and many others…just though playing and having fun in the back garden!
If I was to name the single best purchase I have made for my kids then it would be the trampoline! It has provided hours and hours of active play for my kids when they were smaller. Now it also serves as a practice mat for practicing gymnastics skills
Our family just love this retro game! It’s great for practicing hand-eye coordination with out always chasing the ball!
My kids have spent countless hours on the swing set. The swings are not just swings…they are a climbing frame, obstacle course, a space ship and a submarine!.........
Bikes, scooters, rip sticks, rollerblades etc
My kids have gotten so much enjoyment from this equipment
How have you managed to keep the kids active at home?? What equipment or toys have you found the most useful or cost effective. I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can even add a Blog post to the linky tool at the end of the post.