Keeping kids active and entertained over the holidays

Keeping kids active and entertained over the holidays can be a challenge – especially if you’ve already been to the beach or park every day this week.

So what about doing something different for your kids these holidays? For example enrolling them in a survival school camp such as Cashane Junior Rangers. The camp offers a variety of outdoor and survival-skills programmes that teaches children basic bush survival skills, encourages teamwork, builds self-esteem, and of course keeps them physically active and involved with the world around them.

What is a “survival school”?
Survival school is a holiday camp where young boys and girls are taught basic survival skills and given the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. They learn bush “technologies” such as how to make bows and arrows, fish traps and how to build shelters. Camp Rangers also practice how to build a fire using a flint, how to identify and find edible plants, and how to set traps and snares to catch food in a survival situation.

Kids also learn how to use the bows and arrows they make, as well as the fish traps they build. With such fun and interesting activities going on, the one thing they never complain about is being bored. The physical activity also encourages a healthy body image, improves their mood and helps build strong, healthy bodies.

It doesn’t have to happen at a holiday camp
One area of activity that is often overlooked is outdoor play. Time spent outdoors needs to be more about just physical exercise. Children need to explore, investigate and climb trees, and have a sense that they’re discovering new things around them.

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What’s great is that outdoor play can happen in your own backyard – set up a safe obstacle course, a treasure hunt or put up a tent. If you don’t have a suitable garden, take them to a park or along a hiking trail, and set some fun challenges along the way, so that it isn’t just about racking up kilometres. Or, slap on a layer of sunscreen, put on hats and teach them to fly kites or even body board or surf at the beach.

Research shows that children who exercise do better in school, control themselves better, and have fewer behaviour issues. Active children also:

  • Have stronger muscles and bones
  • Have leaner bodies, because regular exercise helps control body fat
  • Are less likely to become overweight
  • Have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life
  • Have lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. That’s right, these aren’t just “adult” conditions
  • Have a positive attitude and better outlook on life
  • Sleep better at night and are better equipped to handle physical and emotional challenges.

So, enjoy and maximise the time spent with your children – it has as many benefits for you as it does for them.

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