This post was sponsored by TruGreen as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are mine unless noted otherwise. If you’ve been needing some ideas on what your kids can do outside keep reading!
I cannot believe summer is over. My kids start school in just a week and while I couldn’t be MORE excited for them to leave again, I’ll still miss them. My gosh, I am so ready to have just the one kid at home. This summer has been amazing and filled with so much fun. They’ll definitely have a lot of stories to tell because they experienced a lot. Most kids ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes in front of an iPad, game system, TV, and online. Daily. CRAZYYYYY. Not in my house, y’all, not in my house!
This summer, TruGreen is on a mission #LiveLifeOutside and with that comes a super cool “#LiveLifeOutside Sweepstakes”. They want us to spend more time outside creating memories with loved ones and experiencing the joys of the outdoors. Like when we grew up, you guys. C’mon, you know you were outside playing until the street lights came on. Let’s give our kids the same experiences. A generation ago 75% of American kids played outside daily; nowadays, only 25% do!! That breaks my heart and only WE can change that statistic.
3 Ways To Get Your Kids Moving & Playing Outside
Not only does this activity help your kid’s gross motor skills, it gets them thinking and jumping for an increased heart rate.
For this, you need chalk and a flat surface to draw on. Draw shapes in a grid with a different shape for each child playing. As you add rows, change up the order, but make sure each row has at least one of each shape.
The goal is that each child stays in their own shape and has to make it to the other end of the board! Ben definitely did his own thing during this game but had fun nonetheless.
Backyard Obstacle Course
With this game, we also help to develop gross motor skills as well as coordination, concentration, endurance, and confidence plus more!
There are so many things you can do to make a backyard obstacle course come to life. You need some tools and actions.
Start and stop
Jump Rope – Great for jumping for a number of times before moving on or running while jumping until the next point.
Horseshoes – Have to make a shot before moving on to the next area or use the stakes to weave in and out.
Cones – great for creating start and finish to the course or also making a zig-zag pattern to run in and out of.
Hula Hoop – Use them to jump inside of, hula hoop a number of times or you have to jump through them!
Frisbee Great for target practice!
Balls – a regular ball can also be used to hit a target, bounce while running or make a shot into a bucket.
Let’s do some math!
Get out your chalk again, spare sponges and a bucket of water. Draw a huge multi-circle target then assign different values to each circle. Create a starting point using different shapes where some shapes are closer than others. Wet your sponge then let each player choose a starting shape and then toss their sponge on the target!
Who won? Help the kids add up their points but surprise! Each one is a winner and gets a treat.
While you and your kids are outside playing, be sure to snap some pictures then enter the TruGreen #LiveLifeOutside Sweepstakes.
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