Fight Summer Boredom with These Fun and Healthy Activities

“I’m so bored!” If you are a parent, you have probably heard these words more times then you would like. While kids are excited to have summer vacation, the excitement quickly wanes and turns into all day boredom.

It can be tempting to just let them watch TV or play on a game/computer all day. However, this does nothing for their physical or mental health. Instead, sharpen their health by adding these fun activities to your summer.

Plant a Garden

What better way to teach your kids about healthy food and living then by growing healthy food yourself. Planting and tending a garden requires a little bit of work each day. Your child will enjoy watching plants grow and then also being able to pick produce and use it in cooking. Don’t have a green thumb? You can’t go wrong with herbs.

Sign Up for Races

There are so many different and fun races available, that kids will think running is a blast. Look at kid-themed runs, as well as color runs, to help motivate yourself and your kids to keep running this summer. Racing as a family can be very rewarding.

Start a Sports Club

Find a sport that you and your child like to do together and then invite others to join in. For example, if you both love soccer, you can offer a weekly soccer day with several kids. Everyone will get a workout and have fun.

Visit a Farmer’s Market

There are so many farmer markets available at this time of year. Most of them also have fun kid sections and free activities. Not only will your kids enjoy taste testing, but they might even get to enjoy free music and visit a petting zoo.

Take Yoga Outside

If you know a few yoga moves, then you can have a blast doing them in the backyard or at the park. You can even make a scavenger hunt out of it by requiring each person to do a downward dog pose by a fire hydrant and a tree pose by an actual tree. Your kids will get a kick out of doing yoga poses, get more sunshine, and burn a few calories.

Don’t let the hot weather drive your whole family inside and in front of a screen. You may not be able to spend too much time in the sun, but you can still think of fun and creative ways to enjoy family time that don’t involve a TV or computer screen.

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