Bunny hopping

Bunny hopping

A fun activity for kids 3-8 that celebrates our furry friends and develops an important movement skill

Bathtub swimmer

Bathtub swimmer

Splashing and kicking in the tub prepares toddlers to become active in the water

Basket catch

Basket catch

Here’s a simple way to help teach toddlers to develop hand-eye coordination

Tissue dance

Tissue dance

A simple indoor activity that encourages movement and coordination

Skipping

Skipping

Skipping develops two fundamental skills, coordination and jumping

Long jump

Long jump

Inspire your child to grow by leaps and bounds this summer

Summer day camps for kids

Summer day camps for kids

Many municipalities offer day camps or specialized camps. Some are general programs that give kids a chance at many different types of activities, including sports, outdoor adventures and museum and gallery visits. Others are more intensive around a particular interest, like art or computers; the best of these also provide opportunities for regular physical activity … Continued

June 15 is Nature Play Day

June 15 is Nature Play Day

Here’s another reason to get outside. Friday, June 15 is Nature Play Day in Canada. The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada is encouraging all Canadians to get outdoors to experience the joys of outdoor play. We know the importance of playing outside. Children confident in both indoor and outdoor environments become active for life. We’ve … Continued

50 things to do before you’re 12

50 things to do before you’re 12

Are your kids spending too much time indoors? The National Trust of England is taking a fresh approach to getting kids active outdoors by publishing a “bucket list” – 50 things to do in the outdoors before you are 11 ¾ years old! Bucket lists have become de rigueur for adults looking to cram excitement … Continued

Scrub baseball

Scrub baseball

It’s baseball season and there’s no better time to get outside with a bat and ball and your kids. You don’t need to be part of a league to play. Scrub baseball is fun with as few as six players. Just grab some friends, neighbours or cousins and get out to your local park. This … Continued

Overhand catching

Overhand catching

In our last newsletter, we shared with you the idea that children are ready to learn how to catch a light ball when they are three to four years old. The simple, underhand catch activity for beginners is good for your toddler to begin learning that skill. Once your child is comfortable with the simple underhand … Continued

What kind of sport activities are best for kids?

What kind of sport activities are best for kids?

Q: I see ads for exercise programs geared at kids. Some do things like sit-ups and push-ups. Is this really necessary for children? What kinds of activities and exercises should I be looking at? If you have children between the ages of 5 and 10, you should look for a kids’ multi-sport program that focuses on … Continued

Tightrope walking

Tightrope walking

Here is another great indoor or outdoor activity to get your preschool child developing important movement skills: walking a tightrope. Find a thin piece of rope or a long piece of ribbon. Stretch the rope or ribbon out on the floor of your living room. (If you don’t have carpeting, you might want to secure … Continued

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