Preschoolers are energetic and filled with curiosity. Taking time to understand how a preschooler views constructive activity will shed some light on what to do to keep them engaged and interested in learning and most importantly having fun.
Fun should not be the only consideration when balancing the needs of preschoolers. A healthy regimen for that age will include functional tasks like walking. But the real trick is keeping those activities from falling into the boring category from a child’s point of view..
There can be a fair amount of sedentary fun allowed as long as there is an appropriate time dedicated to building strong bones and stirring the young explorer’s mind to adventure. Parents need to ensure that exercise and outdoor activity do not get replaced by television and video games.
So, what to do? When we consider taking kids out for a walk think of doing something that can be turned into a game, or an engaging and interactive activity. A scavenger hunt along the way should do the trick and add to the quality time spent.
The challenge for most parents is finding the time to spend in these types of activities. An example of a simple outing can be a picnic. Take time to head over to your local park and have fun and never underestimate the power of a ball, trike/bike or a kite to rack up a couple hours of enjoyment. These activities will not only yield adequate activity, but will also build awesome memories.
Don’t let a hectic work schedule or sedentary lifestyle prevent you from enjoying the most precious time of being a parent. Get out and have some fun with your child!