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How are you keeping your kids active when schools and other recreational places are closed?

We all know it - kids, and adults, benefit from being active and being outside - but we've got some new challenges to our regular ways of being active and outside. So, we figured it's time to generate a list of ideas on how you plan to keep your kids, and yourself, active during this time of social distancing. Share your ideas and suggestions below!

And if you're out of ideas and want a few more, check out our new blog in the Co-op Journal!

 

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Howdy @REI-JenK! With a couple young kids home we're incorporating "new" things into the normal outdoor activities. We added in "magnet fishing" into our outdoor fun activities... a combination of treasure hunting and stewardship. Essentially we have a strong magnet attached to a 50 foot section of rope. We're "fishing" out "treasure" from our local waterways. Our friends at our local state park were appreciative when we pulled out a pile of fish hooks and a part of a car 🙂

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I find that in times like this it is more important than ever to keep your kids moving and active, since most kids aren't getting their usual levels of interaction.  Some of our favorite ways are taking family bike rides or hikes rides around our own neighborhood.  They tend to be less crowded than local trails and parks, their easy to manage, and you won't struggle with all the closures.  Just make sure that you keep to less crowded sidewalks.  Another idea to spice up your hikes is to bring a jump rope or homemade bug net.  They add excitement to any urban hiking trail.  If you live in areas that are currently receiving lots of rain I would suggest the lost art of puddle jumping.  Kids love it, it fun to watch, and it uses up lots of energy.  Make sure you monitor your local weather, as this activity is best enjoyed on rainy days, not a stormy ones.  One of the simplest things we do is to set a few alarms each morning to remind us throughout the day to GO OUTSIDE!!  When the kids hear the alarm they know it's time for outdoor fun (for added enjoyment make your alarm tone a growling bear or chirping crickets)!

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@REI-JenK , it's cold and rainy today so we enjoyed some indoor basketball this morning (shooting stuffed animals into a large plastic tote), followed some Nerf target practice, a dance party, and now it's time for board games with Grandma. We're keeping the TV off and soaking up the freedom from the regular routine. 

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Hey @REI-JenK ! 

Our kids are pretty much wild animals running amok in the back yard. They are having a good time making mud pies, concocting many secret mud potions, building forts, setting  up "camp sites" for their stuffies, catching bugs and worms, and so much more.  We are also making our family "PE Class" regular walks or hikes in uncrowded places, time playing in the sand at the local beach, bike rides around the neighborhood, and "photo scavenger hunts" around our block. 

We are lucky the weather is nice this week, if it shifts to rain we will move toward even more mud pies and a lot of "puddle stomping" contests.   We have also had our fair share of impromptu dance parties, even though they get kind of rowdy.  

I love hearing what everyone else is doing with their kiddos!

Kara

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