Fall officially started last week! The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping in some parts of the world. However, active play is important for kids whether it takes place inside or outside. Here are five ways to promote active play this fall:
Apple picking: Take the kids to an orchard to pick some fresh and delicious apples! You and the kiddos will get to walk around and reach for apples. If it’s a little chilly outside, don’t forget to bundle up!
Hide and seek: For the days that it’s just too gloomy to go outside, little adventurers can bring the classic game of hide and seek inside. To promote imaginative play, encourage your kids to imagine they’re secret agents hiding from other spies.
Gourd scavenger hunt: Hide gourds in secret locations around your backyard, such as inside a playhouse or in a closed sandbox. Have the kids search for the gourds and whoever has found the most gourds by the end of the hunt gets a prize!
Pumpkin race: Line up some pumpkins in the backyard and have your kids run up to the pumpkin finish line. This game will get little legs moving!
Pile and jump: As the leaves begin to fall, little explorers can put the leaves in a big pile and jump on them.
Which activities will you and your family try this fall?
Jack Vresics, Step2’s CEO & President, was featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box early this morning discussing how Step2 has grown into the world’s largest rotational molder of plastics. During the interview, he shared one of the biggest trends that parents and children are looking for when it comes to purchasing a toy – active play.
Step2 has been a part of the childhood experience for 22 years. As Jack said, “kids love playing together and working together. They want to have fun and enjoy childhood.” Step2 will continue to provide children with fun toys they will play with for years to come.
When children play in pairs it can help develop their social skills. They learn to share, take turns, and solve problems together. Also, as children begin to play in pairs, it helps to prepare them when they partake in group play. There are numerous benefits for children playing in pairs. However, it is not just about children sharing toys or playing tag outside together, there are plenty of fun activities that children can do in order to develop other skills that involve active and pretend play. Parenting.com has great examples of fun activities for children to play in pairs:
Classic games: Play games like Simon Says, Hot Potato, or charades to get the laughs going and the creativity ignited.
Dress up: Pull out all old clothes, Halloween costumes, and accessories for the kids to try on. They can even act like a silly character based on what they are wearing. Have the children guess what one another is such as a hippie, if they have a lot of beads and big sunglasses on.
Cooking: Cooking can be a lot of fun, giving each child a duty to complete such as mixing or adding ingredients to the bowl. It can also be a messy activity. If you want the activity to be less messy, have the children interact in a play kitchen and ask them to work together to create a pretend meal.
Let’s act: Ask the children to put on a show and give them household items such as a ladle, towels, shower caps, hats, ect. Give them time to prepare and capture the memories with camera or camcorder once they are ready for show time.
Agree to Disagree: If the dynamic duo cannot agree on an activity or toy to share, have the children say activities they would like to do. Write the options down on little pieces of paper and draw an activity from a hat. Each child can grab one piece of paper from the hat and do the activities in order.
What tips do you have for having children play in pairs?