With the school year in full swing it is hard to make time for playtime between extracurricular activities, dinner and homework. A routine is important but so is free-play. Active and balanced play is important because is lays the foundation for a resilient, healthy, skilled and successful society.
Did you know that 70% of Moms played outside when they were kids? Now only 31% of kids play outside today. As you can see, play is disappearing at home, in school and in communities. As a Mom myself those statistics break my heart. That is why I am grateful that CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play all year long. They are encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside and create adventures.
My sister and I are four years apart and I can remember playing outside for hours with her. We would play with the neighbor kids until our parents called us inside for dinner. The activities we played were ghost in the graveyard, flashlight tag, capture the flag and sometimes we were even allowed to walk down the road to play at the neighborhood park.
The memories my sister and I made are so special to me and I want my kids to make wonderful memories as well. That is why as soon as they get home from school I allow them to play for at least an hour. My kids love playing outside at many places of play around our house and on rainy days they enjoy playing board games or playing with our dog. As a family we love to take family walks and go to museums and art galleries in Washington, DC. I absolutely adore watching my kids use their imaginations and make memories.
I make sure to provide my kids with CLIF Kid® Zbars while they are playing. CLIF Kid® makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives. As a Mom I appreciate that I am providing my kids with snacks that are Non-GMO and contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives. Check out the CLIF Kid video here.
Make sure that you help your kids make time for play everyday. Not only are you encouraging them to use their imagination but you are helping them improve their physical, emotional and cognitive strength for years to come.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.