3 Ideas for active kids

I’m a strong believer in letting kids be kids and playing rather than sitting in front of the tv. Today’s post if kindly brought to you by Ken Myers. Ken is an expert advisor on in-home care and related family safety issues to many websites and groups. He is a regular contributor to go nannies.
When it comes to keeping active kids entertained it means more than just doing an art project or reading a book. Active kids love to be moving and going all the time. While it can be hard for parents to keep up with them here are three ideas for activities you can do to keep them active and having fun:
Learning with music – kids love to sing and play along with music; that is why there are so many silly playground songs in the world. You can get in on the action too by singing and playing with your kids. Songs like the hokey pokey, old MacDonald had a farm, London bridge is falling down, the wheels on the bus, elbows, shoulders, knees and toes, all have a similar element in that they have accompanying movements that go along with them. By keeping the kids moving they will also learn things like animal sounds, hand eye coordination, and following directions.
Building and destroying – one of my children is very energetic and gets bored very easily. To keep him amused was a chore until I found one thing that he really loved to do: destroy things! Because we were always getting on him for breaking things and making messes I tried to figure out a way to harness that energy into something less damaging to the home. That is where blocks have become a big hit with our family. Just basic wooden blocks can be a great tool for active kids. Help them to build a tall tower or other structure and then watch as they delight in knocking it down. As my child got older he progressed beyond stacking and whacking to fortifying his castles to withstand catapulted balls and other soft objects. Not only does he now enjoy construction but he is learning how to build things stronger and better.

Boxy Fun – Last but not least is the ever handy cardboard box. An empty box can become a number of creative things in the eyes of a child. We had an empty refrigerator box and we cut holes in it for doors and windows and my children played in it until it literally fell apart. They even drew on window boxes, a doorbell, roof shingles and so on. We also put in a cat door so their pet could join in on the fun. A box has also served as a puppet theatre, a rocket ship, a race car and more. With some washable markers and a little time your child can imagine up almost anything.
These are just a few of the fun ways to keep an active child entertained. It may take a little more work but your child will have a blast and really get some hands on learning time.
Thank you so much Ken for this very informative post. You can get in touch with him at kmyers.ceo@gmail.com

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