This activity is a way to get more outside time for your children AND potentially help them settle down for sleep at night.
If you were to try to get your children to take a walk around the neighborhood, maybe you’d get eye rolls and “boring!” comments.
But, if you wait until it’s dark, give each of your children a flashlight, and take a nighttime neighborhood walk, you’ll get a very different response! Continue reading “Flashlight Walk”
Even moderate physical activity helps with sleep.
We know that physical activity benefits children’s health. But, did you know it also helps children sleep better? Even moderate activity can make a difference.
A 2009 study found that every hour of the day that children were inactive adds 3 minutes to the time it takes them to get to sleep. The authors of the study monitored a representative sample of 519 children. On average, it took 26 minutes to fall asleep. This period of time–how long it takes to get to sleep–is called “sleep latency.” Continue reading “Physical Activity And Sleep”
‘Moving to the groove’ of the changing weather during spring time in the Pacific Northwest can be a challenge at times. There are days when the sun is shining for the whole day and it is the perfect time to get some vitamin D and play Continue reading “Red Light Green Light”
If you haven’t yet played balloon volleyball, you are missing out! This great game can be played with any number of people and only requires a balloon, which can be purchased cheaply from most stores. You can make many different variations of this game, but the simple rule is to keep the balloon off of the ground. Continue reading “Volley Ball Balloon”
In the heat of the summer, swimming is frequently the outdoor activity of choice. So: when is a child old enough for lessons and how can you reduce the risk of water accidents. Continue reading “Swim Safety”