As we welcome warmer weather, there is no better time to get outside than now! Make the most of your family time with these 5 fun outdoor activities which will be sure to get you moving. Give them all a go, or pick your favourite! A love of the outdoors is something no parent ever regrets instilling in their child’s values.
1. Reaching for the Sky on Your Trampoline.
Bouncing on your Springfree has many unseen benefits - did you know that 10 minutes of jumping is the equivalent to a 30-minute workout?! A good bounce is one of those favourite memories that are truly hard to beat.
We all remember spending countless hours bouncing on those long summer evenings. Also perfect for supervising parents who like to keep an eye on what’s happening in the backyard!
2. Goggles? Towel? Swimmers? Lets GO!
It’s no secret kids LOVE the pool. There’s something about learning to swim that really encourages a healthy competitive edge to develop in a child, and at the same time it works to shape a real love of life in the water and an essential respect for the danger of water in all environments.
Learning to swim is not only a lifesaving skill, it works quickly to strengthen the lungs (ideal for many kids with respiratory conditions like asthma) and build cardiovascular fitness. Usually, your local pool holds lessons for kids of all ages, which means they stay safe at all times in a supervised area. It’s also an incredibly effective booster for confidence, as their skills sharpen and they become further at ease in the water.
Nothing tires kids out like a good swimming lesson and a half hour free play duck diving and horsing around in the local pool. Becoming a great swimmer sets a great example for the whole family and as an added interest to regular outdoors activities, it keeps things fresh and fun, which kids really love!
3. Going to the park? Don’t forget the ball!
There’s a lot of truth to the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun.’ There are so many ways to burn up an hour of time at the park, but bring a ball with you and that time seems to fly past in an instant.
Catching and throwing helps build confidence and capability in co-ordination skills additionally to that priceless bonding every parent wants. Interestingly, throwing a ball enhances focus at a sustained level through brain training, which means that after an hour of ball games, your child will often demonstrate better capabilities of concentrating, focus and retaining information. Now, where’s that soccer ball?
4. Skipping - What’s your Best Score?
If you’re able to remember the foot skills of mastering Double Dutch on the ropes, why not teach your kids to fall in love with skipping as well?
As one of the most effective ways to enhance cardiovascular fitness, skipping teaches kids valuable co-ordination skills and encourages concentration and effort to keep the pace. For younger kids it can also be a valuable tool in learning number and counting, simply turn the rope to count the skips and better your score every time!
5. Biking - A Taste of Freedom.
Every kid loves bike riding. For many kids it’s the first real taste of independence and self-initiated movement, and while the learning phase can be a hair-raising experience for adults, the co-ordination and level of focus needed to ride a bike teaches kids about safety, and responsibility for their actions.
If you needed any more encouragement, just think about how good it felt to fly round on the bike in the sunshine with your friends, and how quickly that time passed. The trick is to find a safe outdoor space to learn to ride, and teach your kids about respect and responsibility for others using on a bike path. With these skills, your kids are going to develop a deep affection for the outdoors and a lasting love of independence, something every parent wants.
At Springfree Trampolines, we’re committed to bringing the love of the outdoors back into the lives of children across the world, which is why we’ve focused on a new definition for trampoline that encourages kids and gives parents peace of mind. See the Springfree™ Trampoline difference today!