Top 10 activities to get kids active
Struggle to peel your child off the sofa to get some exercise? Try these fun activities to get them up and out.
- Walk or cycle to and from school with the kids as often as possible.
- Build a den or treehouse with them in the school holidays. Or, under supervision, encourage them to climb a tree or two.
- Go roller skating, roller blading or skateboarding, indoor or out. In winter, go ice skating. Kids also love scooters.
- Do an activity challenge together, such as working towards a fun run or a walk for charity.
- Take the dog for a walk. If you don’t have one of your own, ask to borrow a neighbour’s or friend’s dog. They’ll probably be glad of the help!
- Support your kids in sports, clubs or any other activities that may interest them. Joining a weekend club sport ensures commitment to a team and regular exercise. You can find all kinds of sporting facilities in your area at www.activeplaces.com simply by entering your postcode.
- Find time every weekend to do something active with your children. Play frisbee or football in the park, go trampolining or try indoor rock climbing.
- Fly a kite. The Kite Society of Great Britain's website lists a number of groups that regularly meet for special flying days with experienced members who offer advice and assistance. Some also run kite-making workshops.
- Forget lying on the beach for your next holiday; choose the active option instead. See www.ukparks.com for ideas on how to plan a camping adventure.
- The National Parks website has lists of events such as guided walks and children’s fun days for fresh ideas for active days out.