As all families with school age children will know, it is not always easy to find time to encourage your little ones to stay active. Back when I was child, it was the norm to let your children play out with friends, racing around on bikes and playing ball games on the local field a few yards away, or even the local park.
Although many parents may disagree with me, I feel that in this day and age, it is simply NOT safe to let children play out if you are not there to watch their every move.
We live in a new build area, were the houses are not lived in for very long by the same families, many of them are bought to rent, therefore we do not know many of our neighbors, some we have never even said hello to. To let my children play out without adult supervision in the road were a bunch of strangers are living, and cars constantly pulling in and out of the driveways, it would be a big mistake and an accident waiting to happen! So how can we make sure our children are getting enough exercise as well as having fun outside of school.
My daughters age 7 and 4 rarely ask to play out as they are so busy with their after school activities which they are having fun at as well as getting exercise.
On Monday we go to Ballet Dancing straight from school, there Lottie will do 45 minutes of Tap dancing and another 45 minutes of Ballet, then Amelie will do her 45 minutes of Lyrical Ballet.
Tuesday and Wednesdays are our free days to catch up with homework, reading and to play games and have fun indoors, so go to the local soft play centre after school occasionally. On Thursday Amelie attends her Grade 1 Ballet dancing class, and on Friday the girls both go to Stagecoach performing arts school which they both really enjoy. On saturday the girls both attend half hour private swimming lessons, which again is great fun for them and good exercise.
We have not done much bike riding as the weather has been so cold, but we will definitely be encouraging this sport soon. Great weekend fun for the kids and plenty of fresh air!
Does your child do any after school activities? If not why not find out what is available in your local area? Many schools hold their own after school classes free of charge.
Here are some great ideas to get your child active after school.
Dancing is a great way for your child to get active and develop physical co-ordination skills, strength and concentration. It's also great fun and a good way to meet other children and their parents. Furthermore dancing can become a much loved hobby your child could carry on enjoying it for many years to come!
Types of Dance classes Available for Kids
Street Dance (usually from 5 years)
Enjoyed by both Girls and Boys, Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle exercise programs available to children, incorporating strength, speed, balance and coordination.
It is fun and rewarding for children of all ages.
Rainbows, Brownies and Scouts
In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable.
As your child progresses through Scouts you should be able to see signs of the impact their Scouting adventure has on them.
Parents tell us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’.