It can be tough to come up with things to do with kids, but even more so if you want to keep your kids active and healthy. Here are the best wellness activities for healthy kids.
All of these suggestions are intended to assist your children to discover what you already know: that being active is good for them. Exercise is beneficial to your health, and eating clean tastes and feels amazing!
My family enjoys beginning year by being healthy together in fun ways. We experiment with new healthy recipes and physical activities, spend time outside in the sun enjoying games, and learn new skills and healthy behaviors together.
As a mother, I aim to include everyone and play an active part in promoting my children’s and family’s health and wellness.
The basic idea of wellness activities young children can do is to get your kids outside and get them active and living a healthy lifestyle. Even if you can’t get outside you can get their brains working and their bodies moving with dance parties, creative activities and getting messy in the kitchen along with some healthy eating.
Check out my suggestions below to help you prepare ahead for the new year and increase parental participation in your whole family while also encouraging health and wellbeing for your children.
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Wellness Activities Kids Love
Go To Playground
Swings, slides, sandboxes, and tunnels are all great ways to keep your kids active. You can do your own playground workout while keeping one eye on the kids. Try doing interactive activities with the kids such as playing hide and seek, or creating a obstacle course that promoted imaginative play.
Going outside to the playground as often as possible is important for a child’s mental health, and it’s tons of fun as well. When we have a too much stress going on at home, my go-to activity is the playground.
It fascinates small children to mix things together. Allow them to assist you in loading your smoothie blender or processor with fruit, almond milk, and vegetables. Allow children to realise that vegetables may also be enjoyed as a beverage. You may challenge your kids to a green beverage!
Invest in some reusable colour straws and your smoothies will be a hit.
Go On A Nature Walk
Do you have a nice park that you can enjoy near your home? A family walk is another one of my favorite wellness activities. It’s also great for my own mental wellbeing. This can be done on a rainy day or a sunny day, there are no set guidelines of course.
If you’re going to be a while, bring some healthy food such as blueberries, or watermelon slices for when it’s time to take a rest. Don’t forget your water either!
Plant A Garden
Flowers, herbs, or vegetables? Pick your favourite and show your kids how to grow things with their two small hands by digging in the ground with them.
Then you may show them how to put what you’ve grown to good use.
You may even purchase them their own gardening equipment to give them a sense of pride.
Nothing beats preparing a nutritious meal for your children and watching them devour it without complaining.
Take A Day Trip
Boredom is avoided by changing up the routine. Take a trip to a nearby town and try something different.
Take a swim in a lake, go hiking on a new route, or let your kids play on a brand-new playground.
Allow your children to enjoy a change of scenery and schedule.
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Go Swimming or To A Splash Pad
Swimming has earned a place in the hall of fame of beneficial exercises!
Are you a member of a pool club? Do you have a pool? Get some colourful noodles and make a splash this summer by swimming with the kids on a daily basis.
Swim strokes or floats can be practised, or simply see who can produce the greatest splash.
Set Up A Race
If you have toddlers, all you need to do is get ready, set, and go. They will like running, running, running in a park or along a walking route.
Make it a fun race to see who can run the quickest if your kids are older.
Trip To The Farmers Market
The best way for children to learn healthy habits is for them to observe your healthy habits. Allowing kids to accompany you to the farmer’s market is a great way to teach them.
Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. What’s even better? Allow them each $5 to spend on something nutritious.
You can create nutritious snacks or have them help you cook a healthy supper with the materials you just bought when you arrive home.
Let your kids get creative with writing, painting or drawing. Give them some random art materials and see what they can create!
I like to keep “how to draw” books on hand so my kids can learn how to draw certain objects or animals according to their skill level. This can keep them busy for a while!
Do A Hike
Have a hill you wanted to climb for a while now? Take the kids! Make the adventure even more fun by letting your kids choose which direction you should go.
Encourage the Kids To Perform
I loved to put on dance recitals for my parents growing up. Encourage your child to do stand up comedy (here are some jokes for kids), magic shows, puppet shows and more!
Get Outside on Bikes or Scooters
I love a good family bike ride. It’s great exercise for everyone and it really encourages that bonding time that your kids really need.
visit The Zoo
Print out a scavenger hunt for the zoo before you go and let your kids learn all about new animals. Everyone loves a good trip to the zoo.
Have A Beach Day
Nothing says wellness like a relaxing day at the beach. Well it’s relaxing for kids anyway. A day in the sun can be so much fun at the beach. There are so many mom hacks that you need to know about if you’re planning on a beach day, find them here!
This one is super easy. Get a ball, a frisbee or even a kit and head to a field near you! This is an easy family activity that takes no effort at all and is a great way to keep everyone active and healthy.
Splash In The Yard
Whether you want to use a slip n slide or splash around the water table, getting wet in the backyard on a hot summer day is one of my kids favorite activities. This covers basic sensory needs, fresh air, and it keeps the kids cool on a summer day!
Remember your summer safety rules!
Camp In The Yard
Set up your tents and host a backyard camping night – or week! You still have access to bathrooms and kitchen while allowing your kids to sleep outdoors and stay away from electronics while they play outside!
Each family member can have their own tent or you can sleep in one tent all together. This is fun for kids of all ages and you can be a healthy role model and teach your kids outdoor skills doing different tasks!
Take your family on a mini golf day! This was always a really fun activity for me growing up. Mini golf is actually super great for teaching kids some gross motor skills and patience as well.
We all know that regular physical activity is super important in supporting children’s mental health and healthy activities such as mini golf are a great option for getting active.
Splash In The Rain
You CAN go outside in the rain and do outdoor activities. You won’t melt, I promise. Get your young kids geared up in their cutest rain gear and let them wonder around in the puddles. Getting out in nature in all kinds of weather plays an important role in emotional wellness and physical health.
This isn’t just for toddlers older kids love this activity too!
Do Some Yard Work
I loved to mow the lawn when I was a kid. It gave my dad a break from doing it, and it was honestly my favorite chore! I don’t so much love it anymore, but heck my kids like to help me tidy up the yard now too. Let them pick up the toys before you mow the lawn, power up the mower if it’s safe and they are old enough and let them help.
Wellness Activities For Kids Bottom Line
There are so many fun activities you can do with your kids that keep their brains active and their bodies moving. The idea is to get outside when you can and enjoy your free family time getting active and staying healthy.