It’s back-to-school time and while most parents are high-fiving and celebrating having a structured schedule again, it does bring other challenges. One of those is how to get that after-school energy out of your kids. According to the American Academy or Pediatrics, children ages six and over need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. While some kids may get a portion of that during the school day with recess and PE class, they will usually need more after school.
In fact, only one out of every three children in the U.S. spends time being physically active each day, and less that fifty percent of the time that kids spend in P.E. class involves enough activity to be considered exercise. And, physical activity is what kids need to build healthy bones and muscles, develop motor skills and coordination, improve strength and endurance, plus promote mental and emotional well-being.
Physical activity is so important for children’s growth, but often kids are tired and mentally drained after school or they have homework and school projects. As parents, it takes some organizing and encouragement to get kids physically active. Plus, it takes creativity to vary up ways to motivate them. Encourage you kids to balance homework time with valuable active time with this list of ways to use up after-school energy:
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