When it comes to keeping the kids entertained – especially in this particularly long Summer we’ve been given due to the outbreak of Covid – 19 and the closing of schools – it can be difficult. Especially when trying to think of something that’s beneficial to their health and wellbeing also.
Hobbies are a great way of helping kids to develop and families to bond – and if you ask us, there are no better ways of incorporating these things than by competing and partaking in sports together. Plus, it’s good exercise for all of the family. What’s not to love?
So, if you’re struggling for inspiration on what to do with the kids this summer, then fear no more! Read on to discover new sports ideas for kids and families.
Why are Sports So Important to Children’s Development?
P.E – or physical education – has been a subject taught in schools for as long as we can remember. This is because it’s so crucial to the development of children, but as adults in the family, we should be looking to continue exercising also.
Sport benefits children in the top five developmental areas. There are known as:
Furthermore, the health benefits that partaking in sports can offer, not only to children, but to all of the family include:
- An improvement in the area of self – discipline.
- An improvement of critical thinking skills.
- Acquiring greater strength.
- An improvement of self – esteem.
- Increasing overall awareness of right and wrong.
As well as all of the scientific evidence of the ways in which sport can benefit the physical and emotional health of youngsters and adults alike, it’s also a great way to spend time together as a family!
Partaking in sport together as a fun way of getting fit and bonding as a family unit is nothing but positive, so read on to find out more fun ideas of ways you can explore this.
If You Have Young Children Under Five
All of us with young children are well aware of the energy they have, and need to use up on a daily basis. But it can be difficult to know what sports are appropriate for them at this age. This is because their physical development is in a crucial stage, in that they are still figuring out things such as hand – eye co – ordination, and how to follow rules effectively.
We would recommend opting for sports and activities that fall under the following categories:
- Sports that aren’t complicated in structure, or are too long to play.
- Sports that will aid them in developing their life skills in self – confidence and awareness of their own bodies.
All of these skills will aid in the development of your young child as they age and move further towards organised sports.
If you’re wondering what sports you can encourage your young child under five to partake in, or to enjoy as a family, then consider going for some of the following:
- Going on bike rides.
Now, we know as parents you may not be experts in karate, let us say, however thanks to YouTube there are an abundance of online classes you could partake in together. The same stands for gymnastics.
The remainder of the activities on the list are fun and can be enjoyed by all of the family together.
If Your Children are Aged Between Five and Twelve
Once your child reaches the over five bracket, the sports that are good for them to partake in begin to vary more widely.
However, it’s important to remember that not all children will be naturally sociable and want to partake in a team sport. Some good alternatives for them may be:
- Martial arts.
- Horse riding.
Again, there’s no reason why as parents, you couldn’t partake in these with your children.
However, there are a variety of team sports which are great for all of the family to get involved in – whether that be in your back garden, or on the local sports field! If this sounds more like something you and your children might be interested in, give these a try:
All of these can be played safely and effectively by children aged between five and twelve, with their families.
In these difficult times, where socializing has been stripped back and “normal life” is yet to resume, partaking in sports as a family is perhaps more important than ever before.
Thanks for reading!