In spring, the sun begins to peek out and outdoor activities are warmly welcomed by a more temperate climate and longer daylight hours.
This is a great time to get kids out of the gym and into a more natural setting. Nature can be one of the best PE resources around. Soccer fields and baseball diamonds are drier, grass can be cut, and kids can start enjoying time outdoors again. Here are some fun activities to get your kids going during the springtime.
- • Kickball – Kickball is an old favorite. In fact, this is an activity that can follow kids all the way into adulthood. With new adult leagues springing up every day, kickball is a great way to get kids running, interacting, and having fun.
- • Running – The great thing about running is that children of every age can get involved. Whether it is sprinting, team rally racing, the mile race, or cross-country training, running has the ability to get every age involved, making it the perfect springtime activity.
- • Foursquare – Great for elementary school kids, foursquare promotes teamwork and gets kids active on playgrounds. This game teaches them how to play together and allows them to create social bonds through physical activity.
- • Jump Rope – From double-dutch to a solo activity, jump rope is a quick way to get kids hopping around. It’s also very affordable for schools with a limited activity budget.
- • Tag – Tag is one of most common recess activities, and is a great way to get kids active and interactive. Tag can be played on a field or playground, where they can hide behind outdoor structures and run through springtime fields.
- • Ball and Racket Sports – Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and badminton are all sports that can get the kids outside. They don’t require more than some organization to create teams and lay out rules, and can be played at almost any age.
These sports can also spark a child’s interest and encourage them to seek after school leagues and continue their activity outside of conventional school hours. It also gives children who don’t have access to sports equipment a chance to try out a team sport without having to sign up for a league and buy a jersey before finding out whether or not they enjoy the sports.
Springtime is the perfect opportunity to get kids out of the gym and into the grass. From ball and racket sports to simple games of tag or races, there’s an outdoor activity for every age group that can get them reintroduced to the outdoors after a winter of indoor PE classes.