Last week, Mickey and I were talking about how we used to play games after school with all of our neighborhood friends. We would play Red Rover and JailBreak, to name a few, but I don’t think that our kids have any idea what those games are or how you play. So… we taught them! 🙂 We want our kids to spend time playing outside… the average child is outside for less than an hour a day, so we want to beat those odds.
Fuel Up to Play 60 (the nation’s largest in-school wellness program) and Dannon Danimals (the leading yogurt brand for kids) are collaborating (for the second year in a row) to inspire kids to fuel up with nutritious choices and get active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Honestly, I love that idea. While I find that while things are easier with the TV on (I get more done), our kids end up fighting and arguing more. Why? I think it is because they have stored-up energy, so we end up doing no-technology weeks.
Kids aren’t spending nearly enough time outside… an hour a day just isn’t enough to burn energy or get all of the benefits that being outdoors offers. That’s just not enough for anyone, let alone kids.
Dannon is doing something about it. Right now, parents and kids across the country can search for one of five “golden” Danimals Bongo smoothies or Squeezables low-fat yogurts for a chance to win a field day for their school with NFL players… plus $6,000 to help make their schools and communities healthier environments. (Last year, Danimals and Fuel Up to Play 60 awarded six schools with field day events and $5,000 grants.) You can look for the Golden Danimals Bongo now through October 31st. (the field day will occur in spring 2017)
Let’s give our kids the childhood they deserve and do as many of these fun activities as a family as possible.
I want to encourage you to get outside with your kids and play.
Here are 10 ideas for outdoor family ideas (games that we USED to play!):
Do you remember spending hours jumping on the Hopscotch board like I do? Our kids love hopscotch and we play it in the driveway all the time. Just grab a piece of chalk & get to work! Teach them how to play this age-old game and they will be at it for an hour or more. Our kids even came up with new ideas on how to play.
I can remember being in school and having a Jacks tournament. It was so much fun and I made it to round 9 with my partner. Last year, Mickey and I ordered two sets to keep at home and we teach the kids to play. It was hard to find, but I think we found it on Amazon.
A family football game is fun for everyone involved! Don’t take it too seriously and just have fun! You’ll be surprised how much your kids love taking the ball from you…
4. Treasure hunt
Make a map out of paper and give them clues to where you have a treasure hidden.
Example: “Find the tallest tree in the yard”. When they get there, have another map that says “Now go to the swings and flip the seat over” etc… until they come to the treasure (maybe the treasure is a great snack and book waiting at the kitchen table)
5. Red Light, Green Light.
This one is so much fun and everyone can play! The rules are simple… you run on green and you stop on red. The winner is the one that gets across first. I would like to tell you that I’m the winner… but I’m usually not. Kids are fast!
You run around until you are about to get tagged and then you yell out a television show. Our kids play this and love it. Our youngest kids get a little confused and just call out names of characters in movies, but it works and we allow it. 😉
We like to change it up and do TV-Tag, Song-Tag, Car-Tag… you name it and we’ve probably done it.
We built our own cornhole set and it was pretty easy. Mickey just bought the material from Lowes and I picked up a few cheap mini bean bag sets. We play on teams and the kids usually “practice” on their own when they are outside playing.
8. Run UP the slide.
The worst part about the playground is that you are never allowed to run UP the slide, even though it provides so much exercise and it is just FUN to see how quickly you can get up to the top. At home, we allow it and even encourage it. They race up, they crawl up, they sprint up… it is a great workout & they love it.
9. Obstacle Course
My brother & I used to have obstacle courses constantly! We do the same thing with our kids. Our kids love to watch sports shows & relay shows, so having our own course at home is a must. 😉
We just make up the new rules each time we play.
example: “Swing 3 times on the swing. Run to the slide and run up it. Grab a leaf and slide back down” , etc… They have a blast.
10. Red Rover.
This game is great for our family of six. We usually let just one person go at a time, while the rest of us line up and wait to stop that person. “An unbreakable bond… family”
Now it’s your turn! What can you do outside to get your family moving & having fun at the same time?
Start searching for one of the five “golden” Danimals Bongo smoothies and/or Danimals Squeezables low fat yogurts today for a chance to win a field day with NFL players for your kid’s school! For more information and contest rules, visit http://danimals.com/fueluptoplay60/official-rules.html and FuelUpToPlay60.com, and follow Fuel Up to Play 60 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Danimals on Facebook to keep up with the action!
This is sponsored content written by me in partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60 and Dannon Danimals; All opinions are my own
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dannon . The opinions and text are all mine.