- Create an activity chart. Make a list of activities your kids can do throughout the day – some examples might include: shoot hoops; go for a stroll in the neighbourhood; or, perform an activity like jumping jacks or push-ups during each commercial break of their favourite TV show. Next, list a reward for each activity – some examples may include: staying up later or getting to sleep in; picking the movie or game for family night; or, being able to invite a friend for a sleepover. Get creative, and make them fun!
- Plant a garden. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and plant a garden. Engage your kids by having them help you dig holes and plant seeds. Take your kids to the garden centre with you and let them choose a plant they love. This is a great way to teach them responsibility in learning how to water and care for their plant so that it will grow. And, it will keep them active for weeks to come as they tend their garden, pulling weeds and watering their plants.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts can take on many forms, depending on how much work you want to put into them ahead of time. You can make clues for objects around your house, take it around your neighbourhood or venture to a park. The glee and excitement from the hunt will have them running around like crazy!
- Switch to active chores. If your kids’ regular chores don’t involve much activity, give them a break from those chores for the week and change them up with some active ones. Outside active chores could include: raking the yard; pulling weeds; or, trimming the hedges. Inside active chores could include: mopping the floors; cleaning their bedroom; or, vacuuming.
Try to find something your kids will enjoy that keeps them active. You might find they want to do it even after March Break is over!