Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Physical activity backpack

Why not fill a school backpack with physical activities for summer fun? Store it in the car and fill it with simple items to get kids moving. When you go for a visit instead of allowing kids to sit inside, play video games or watch TV send them outdoors. It's the perfect opportunity for a little activity.

Include: A jump rope, a chinese jumprope, a small ball, a bouncing rubber ball, a frisbee, a large piece of chalk (for drawing game courts) hopscotch and two square.

Since it's summer throw in hats and sun screen and a couple bottles of water.

According to Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, President Peaceful Playgrounds Inc, in addition to the health benefits of play, "Children permitted to play freely with peers develop skills for seeing things through another person's point of view-- cooperating, helping, sharing, and solving problems."