These 5 TIPS TO HELP GET KIDS ACTIVE are the best way to energize your family and teach your kids to get their bodies moving!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dannon . The opinions and text are all mine.
We are in the first few weeks of school here in my house! My kids went back after Labor Day so we had a nice late start back to school. We really packed this summer with a ton of fun! We went camping near Mt. Hood, at Lost Lake for a few days and enjoyed time hiking as a family around the lake. Then we spent last month in California with family. Both my mom and Casey’s mom live in Southern California so we had a lot of time to hang out with them. The kids went to sailing camp for a week, did lots of paddle boarding and swimming and spent tons of time outdoors.
We spent Labor Day weekend sailing over to Catalina Island with my family to celebrate my dad’s birthday! There was a lot of kayaking and paddling around so we made sure everyone was fueled up and ready to play! That’s why I was so excited to be asked to partner up with Dannon Danimals and Fuel Up to Play 60!
Fuel Up to Play 60 and Dannon Danimals are working together to encourage nutritious choices and at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity! I love this because getting my kids moving and unplugging is important to me!
Here’s the really exciting part! Through October, parents and kids are encouraged to search for one of five “golden” Danimals Bongo Smoothies or Danimals Squeezables Low Fat Yogurt for a chance to win a field day with NFL players and a $6K grant for their school! How awesome is that?!
OK! Ready to play?
5 Tips to Help Get Kids Active!
1) Easy to Grab Snacks – Making sure kids have the fuel they need to be able to play is so important! I like to make sure that I have snacks on hand that they can grab themselves. These totally have to be mom and dad approved! I call them their anytime snacks. They know that they can grab these any time they’re hungry. Danimals smoothies are always in our fridge because they’re easy for my kids to grab and open themselves. My little guys never sit still for long, so it’s super important for me to have quick options for them to grab, and Danimals gives them the nutrition they need to be fuel their activities.
2) Schedule Time to Be Active – Whether it’s at the local park or in your own backyard, set aside 60 minutes each day for your kids to play and get their bodies moving. Setting aside this time ensures that kids are getting in the 60 minutes of physical activity a day! Television, video games, and tablets are the most requested ways for my boys to spend their free time, but it’s important to me to help them learn to unplug and spend time being active on a regular basis. Making a schedule and adding time to get moving makes it so much easier! I know I’m not alone when I get moans and groans when I say time to turn off the screens. When kids know the schedule, it becomes part of the routine and that struggle is gone and my life is so much easier! Let’s face it, everyone is much happier when mom is happy! 🙂
3) Have Easy Activity Ideas – While it can be easy to say, “Okay, time to play!” kids sometimes need a little help to get their activity wheels turning. I like keeping an activity jar in the kitchen for my boys. We come up with activities they like to do and write them down on popsicle sticks. The popsicle sticks go in a mason jar, and if the boys are stuck for something to do, they can grab a stick and get active. It cuts out the “There’s nothing to do” whine!
4) Join in the Fun – Getting kids to play is great, but if your kids are like mine, they have a lot more fun when mom and dad play too. It’s a great chance for your family to bond and spend some quality time together that you’re kids will relish. Lead by example and your kids will follow suit. We have so much fun playing outside together and I can really get my kids to open up and talk while we’re having fun. Plus, how great is it listening to them laugh?!?!?! I could do that all day long!
5) Reap the Rewards – We live in a technology-based world, and getting kids on board with unplugging can be hard. Give them an incentive. Use a chart to track the time they are playing and being active each day. My boys are fond of putting stickers on the chart to show they were active that day. Set a goal and once it’s achieved, reward them. It can be something as simple as family movie night at home or letting them choose what’s for dinner. Whatever motivates them to get moving!
[clickToTweet tweet=” Find 1 of 5 golden Bongos 4 a chance win a Field Day with NFL pros! @dannon & @FUTP60! http://bit.ly/2b1MhRQ” quote=”Find 1 of 5 golden Bongos for a chance 2 win a field day w/ NFL players for your kid’s school! “] You guys!!! Did you read and tweet that out?!?!?! AN NFL Player could come to your kid’s school for a field day!!!!! If one of you win can I crash the party??? It sounds like so much fun!!! 🙂
Last year they awarded 6 schools with field days and grants worth $5,000 each! I remember how amazing field day was when I was in school! It was always one of my favorite days of the year! So, hurry up and get searching, you have until October 31st to find the “golden” bongo!