Active For Life

AUGUST 2017

 

Greetings

Sunny days offer countless opportunities for kids to be active, in and out of the water, and there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy. Make the most of it with our favourite tips and activities for this month.

 

 

Top stories

 

Activities and games for the summer cottage or camping

At the cottage (or cabin)? Camping with kids? Fresh air and water inspire kids to move but sometimes they still need a little help staying active. Here’s your go-to list of fun activities and games.

 

Study: Early swimming promotes early development

We all know that swimming is a life skill. Now science says that it also leads to better physical, cognitive, and linguistic development. Find out why swimming is such an excellent activity for young children.

 

Great ideas to raise happy kids

Jennifer Moss is a happiness expert. In a special contribution, she explains how the happiness model applies to families and how we – as parents – can help our kids be happier with a daily gratitude practice. Incorporate these tips now and start the school year off happier!

 

Make sure your kids have the skills to move with confidence in the water

Being physically literate means being able to move well on land, on snow and ice, in the air, and in water. Part one of a four-part series explains aquatic literacy: what it is, why it’s important for kids, and how to encourage it.

 

6 lawn games and activities to try this summer

Looking for fun games to play at the next family get together? These (mostly DIY) lawn games and activities are terrific for both kids and adults and can be played wherever there is a bit of green space.

 

 

Role model spotlight

 

Gaby Estrada

Gabriella (Gaby) Estrada is an athlete, a coach, and a passionate active mentor for girls. Get to know Gaby and help us welcome her to the #AfLfamily.

 

 

Featured activity

 

Jump

Knowing how to jump comes in handy for lots of sports and activities. Get kids laughing and jumping with these silly gifs that show 13 variations on this skill.

 

 

Link of the month

 

Getting kids’ sleep back on track now means things will be a lot easier in September. Sleep consultant Alanna McGinn talked to CTV about how to help all kids go from sporadic summer slumber to a consistent sleep routine, whether they are about-to-be-kindergarteners or teens.

 

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JULY 2017

 

Greetings

Outdoor temps are rising, barbeques are firing up, and inflatable pools and sprinklers are cooling kids down. Time to exhale and have fun with these activities, ideas, and tips.

 

 

Top stories

 

Get kids moving more than just their fingers with this spinner activity

These new toys have taken the country by storm and even adults are getting into them. Now there is a way to use them to get the whole family excited about moving. Check out this fun fidget spinner activity for kids and kids at heart.

 

The Friday Parents Club and other substitutes for summer camp

This creative approach to keeping kids happy and engaged is a win for busy parents who don’t have their children signed up for camp all summer.

 

The North American Indigenous Games are this month

For some great sporting events, culture, and inspiring role models, check out the North American Indigenous Games. You’ll be able to experience cultural programming and watch Indigenous youth compete in 14 different sports.

 

Tips for keeping kids happy and active on long car rides

Road trips will go from frustrating to fun with this expert advice from veteran parents. Tips on everything from when to leave to where to stop and what to bring will make the whole family look forward to packing up the car this summer.

 

New screen time guidelines have been released

Does your family have healthy screen time habits? Check out the Canadian Paediatric Society’s (CPS) new guidelines and the suggested management strategies to find out if they might work for you.

 

 

Role model spotlight

 

Deb Lowther

Deb Lowther is a one woman tour-de-force. She’s a mom of three teenagers, about to turn 50, and is always trying new sports and activities. Get to know Deb and help us welcome her to the #AfLfamily.

 

 

Featured activity

 

Hula hoop

Hula time! Kids will have hours of fun playing, laughing, and developing skills using this perennial favourite toy. Check out 7 fun activities to do with a hula hoop and make your own with this DIY hula hoop.

 

 

Link of the month

 

Attendees of the “For the Love of the Game” conference this August will get to hear incredible speakers including Active for Life managing director, Richard Monette, talk about how leaders can use goal setting to help athletes at all levels, from beginners to Olympians, achieve results. Register today.

 

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