Keeping The Boys Active This Summer

18 August 2017

At the beginning of the Summer I spoke to the boys about keeping active over the school holidays. I know that the Summer is time to relax and enjoy yourself without the pressure of having to get up early but I wanted to make sure that we didn't just laze around for 6 weeks. Not so much little J but big J would sit online on his Xbox all day if you let him so I had to have a plan. I asked the boys to go in the shed and choose all the things they could find that could help us stay active this Summer. Typical boys just dumped everything on the grass but then they did make a nice arrangement in the end.


Football

Both boys absolutely love football so we tend to take a ball with us whenever we go out to a park. It's  so much fun kicking the ball around and they don't even realise that they are getting lots of exercise too. Big J goes to our local football astro turf grounds during the Summer and can spend hours on there. It's so nice to have an astro turf ground so close, he loves going there and I hope little J does to when he is a bit older. 


Bike Rides

Bike rides are so much fun for all the family and again a very simple activity. Both boys love their bikes and we try and take them with us on days out as much as possible. We have a park close by which is perfect for a nice bike ride on a sunny day. It has lots of hills which is great to get the legs working hard and coming down is always lots of fun.


Scooter Rides

Little J learnt to ride his scooter before his bike so he is always keen to chose the scooter first when asked which one he wants to take out. We do try and mix it up and he will usually choose the scooter if his brother does. Big J has had so many different types of scooters over the years. He's had 4 wheels, 3 wheels, 2 wheels, zip scooters and now probably his favourite an electric scooter. It does mean the scooter does all the work but it is lots of fun. 

Trampolining 

We are lucky to have our own trampoline in the garden and we all use it. It's great exercise and bouncing is so much fun. I love watching little J who can bounce for hours if you let him. When both boys go on together they usually make up games or try and tag each other with the ball. 


Tennis

You may have read our post recently about little J going to tennis lessons. He absolutely loves tennis and since then he wants to play tennis all the time. He knows how to swing the racket and enjoys hitting the ball up high and running to try and catch it. Big J loves tennis too and its lovely watching them play together.

How are you trying to keep the kids active this Summer?

Michelle

Disclosure - This is a collaborative post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

15 comments:

  1. Definitely important to keep them active. My son loves kicking a ball and spending time at the park.

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  2. Definitely important to keep the kids active in the summer. We need to do more bike rides, we haven't done one in a while :)

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  3. Grace would love these activities too, being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air is so important x

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  4. Luckily we have trouble getting ours to stay still, so no risk of staying in/sitting down continually, but so many children do. Good to make a plan to make sure they do get out and about, plus it's great fun!

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  5. So important to get the kids outdoors and keep them active

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  6. Sounds like some really fun activities. It is important to get out in the fresh air and keep active. 😊

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  7. My kids never want to be in, they want to be out come rain or shine and I find it quite exhausting! That said, I must prefer them to be outdoors!

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    1. Outdoors in the fresh air can be healthy, as well as fun. Maybe sharing childCare would help. As children do often seem to be bundles of energy. We want them to be safe and have fun. Sometimes sharing " the load" even if it just be sharing ideas for activities etc can be helpful.

      Rachel Craig

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  8. Great ideas - my daughter has recently got into having a go at riding a scooter and she loves it!

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  9. We love getting outdoors and are always looking for ways to get active. I keep thinking about getting the boys a football net, but not sure if they are a little young for it at the moment.

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  10. We haven't been out on the bikes as much as I hoped :( Trying to support 2 kids just getting used to no stabilisers plus keep Zach from getting hit (he keeps running towards them and has no sense of danger...) is just too hard!

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  11. Exercise is important, a variety of options / opportunities can help to encourage and maintain a healthy lifestyle in regards to exercise. Great that you have a nearby park, we love going to the park. It seems important to keep children occupied during the Summer Holidays. School provides routine as well as Education, etc. Positive, Healthy activities are important. Parents and family can assist and encourage. Though some have more opportunities than others. Therefore it seems that each Community should aim to provide venues, etc where children and adults can be occupied, active, socialise etc in healthy, constructive, positive ways.

    Nice to read that your children got the opportunity of Tennis lessons. It would be good if all had opportunities :- So that they may have the chance to Reach their Full Potential.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. My son looks very similar things. Football is his favourite tho he plays constantly

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  13. It is important to keep active but it was hard when the weather wasn't so good!

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  14. My son is 13 and would also sit on his Xbox all day if he was allowed too, my five year old daughter is the total opposite, she loves riding her bike or scooter, taking her dolls and pram for a walk, swimming, and going on day trips with us, our baby daughter is 8 months so it doesn't apply to her yet, your boys look like they had fun being out playing xx

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