Games to Promote Physical Activity In Children
Simple physical indoor and
outdoor games have been a Zeus of all physical
activity since the beginning of time. Back in the
day, a simple backyard activity would bring tons of
fun; the tire swing, the tree house and a simple
hide and seek game were enough to provide the needed
Back in the day, a simple backyard
activity would bring tons of fun; the tire swing, the tree
house and a simple hide and seek game were enough to provide
the needed recreation. Today, however, we have deprived our
children of the simple pleasures that can be garnered
through simple backyard activities.
Our hectic lifestyles have made us
overlook the most important thing in life—our children’s
health. I’ll admit, delivering kids into the arms of
technology is pretty convenient. As a parent, I understand
how messy kids can be, and what a relief it is to have a few
hours of silence while your kid engages with his video game.
However, is it really a responsible thing to do? Nobody
said, raising kids would be easy; we cannot simply
jeopardize our children’s health for our convenience. Below,
I have gathered a list of simple backyard activities that
will not only help you spend some quality time with your
kids, but also help you find a physical activity that will
hopefully get your kids to say au revoir to their sedentary
Who doesn’t love soccer? If you have
soccer aficionados at home, then building a soccer goal
could be a great idea for a summer backyard activity. You
can easily assemble a soccer goal within a few hours. All
you need is a couple of PVC pipes and netting (deer netting
would work great). PVC pipes are lightweight and are easy to
move about. Get your kids out and turn your background into
a soccer field.
Pipe Ball Lawn Game
Here’s another fun yet challenging game
that can get the blood rushing in your children. Pipe ball
lawn game requires simple PVC pipes of varying sizes and a
tennis ball. If you have had a little practice with nerf
hoops then this could be actually a great activity to test
your skills. The varying sizes of the pipes make it tricky
for the kids to win every round.
Miniature Golf Course
None of us have enough time to drive
ourselves along with a gang of squabbling children to the
golf course. Why not bring the golf course to your backyard?
All you have to do is dig a few holes in the backyard and
place a bunch of obstacles in the way of those holes to make
the game more challenging. A great thing about mini backyard
golf course is that the whole family can play it!
If the commercial playground equipment
has failed to get your kids away from their gaming consoles,
then try something different. Sandbox is like a little beach
of your own in the backyard. Get ready to have hours of
unlimited fun in a small box. Sandbox is a great tool for
unstructured play; get your kids in there and let them work
their imagination to build something extravagantly creative.
Kids might find it hard to wrap their head around the
concept of playing with raw sand, but give it a week; your
kids will soon figure out what to do.