4 tips to help your kids stay active this summer

(NC) During the school break, most parents are looking for ways to get their kids enjoying the great outdoors. Before the final bell rings, here are four tips to keep your little ones active this vacation.

  1. Take advantage of the nice weather. When it is -20⁰C outside, it's only natural to want to stay indoors. But in the spring and summer months, it's time to break out of those habits —       throw a frisbee in the backyard, take your dog to the local dog park, or walk instead of driving when running nearby errands.
  2. Play as a family. Kids learn by example, so if you want them to get active, you need to as well. From an impromptu game of tag after dinner to signing up for a family triathlon, the options are endless.
  3. Join a local team. Summer is prime time to join a local team, as there are many summer leagues with schedules in line with school vacation. If your child lacks confidence in the classic gym class sports, look for options they haven't tried before, like beach volleyball or lacrosse.
  4. Learn a new sport. If your kids aren't quite ready for the competitive sport world, start with lessons. The summer is a great time to enrol kids in swimming lessons — with outdoor pools open, kids can learn water safety, an essential life skill, in a sunny, open-air environment.

For parents worried about the expenses associated with organized teams or lessons, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities can help by assisting with the costs of registration, equipment and even transportation.

You can support this cause by donating at your local Canadian Tire store. If you know a kid who wants to play but is unable to because of costs, find help online at jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.