*I received a digital copy of Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book for my honest review here.
After months of playing indoors, it has been easy for my own kids to get used to their favorite spot on our couch, playing video games, on the iPad or just watching TV. But it is finally spring time. With it comes, warmer temperatures, nicer overall weather and more reasons to get the kids outdoors to play, exercise and be more active overall.
Here are 5 ways to Get All Kids Active this Spring…
1. Play a game.
There are countless outdoor games that are relatively inexpensive and easy to play. A few to mention are as follows: hide and go seek, jump rope, hop scotch, dodge ball, or paint balls for kids like “gel ball gun” games and even tag
2. Plant a garden.
Spring time is the time for planting, flowers, veggies and more. So, why not get outdoors and plant a garden that can keep you invested from the spring months and beyond. Depending on what you do plant, you may end up getting not just a pretty view, but possibly even some healthy treats to feast on once they do grow.
3. Go a scavenger hunt.
Here is another fun way to enjoy the outdoors, but also be active. In the spring, it is quite easy to do a nature scavenger hunt even in your own backyard. You can look for things like leaves, flowers, birds and more. Here is a great page that shares how to go about doing a scavenger hunt with all kids.
4. Get them to do outdoor chores.
Fun times can be had, but since it is spring you may need to actually do a bit of spring cleaning outdoors by possibly raking leaves that never were raked back in the fall or just a simple once over cleanup to get your yard in shape for as much outdoor fun that will take place in the upcoming months. So why not have your young ones help with these outdoor chores.
5. Try something new.
Since it is spring and a time of rebirth and new things to come, why not try something new that could be fun and lend for a bit of active exercise, such as Outdoor Yoga.
The perfect way to get started with this is by reading Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book, by Giselle Shardlow, who is is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun by drawing from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write further yoga stories which can be found at www.kidsyogastories.com/store or on Amazon worldwide.
Rachel’s Day in the Garden helps kids learn yoga even at a young age (ages 3-6), also helps all with movement and is just so much fun for the whole family, especially during the spring time now.
Some of the actual benefits of yoga for young kids are as follows:
- increases strength and flexibility
- helps them relax, unwind, and calm down to reduce stress and anxiety
- helps them sleep better
- promotes interaction between adult and child, and between multiple children
- improves their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their coordination
- develops self-confidence, self-expression, and body awareness
- promotes a healthy, active lifestyle
What I loved about it is as you read each page, you are introduced to a new yoga pose, such as the Tree Pose while using items in nature and getting to act it out outdoors. Not only is this so much fun, but it also encourages all of our imaginations in the process. In the book, kids get to join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden, all while getting to crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Honestly just a wonderful way to discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow, too!
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