PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ACTIVE PLAY
Did you know that what your kids do after school can affect what they do at school? Research shows that regular physical activity contributes to better academic scores, improves concentration and connectedness to school and protects against negative behaviours such as bullying. Unfortunately, only 31% of children and youth are active enough to achieve the Canadian physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes per day.
The after-school period is often a sedentary time for kids, as their parents may tend to keep them indoors in a safe place instead of running around outside. An active child should be getting physical activity at home, at school and in the community. And there are plenty of ways that you can encourage your kids to get more physical activity into the hours after school.
Make Time For Play
Free, unstructured play is fun, but it’s not frivolous! For kids, active play is actually required for optimal growth and development. Kids need time to run around, explore, build, imagine and let loose with their friends and family members. If you cannot be there to watch your kids at play, share duties with a neighbour, or encourage your child’s caregiver to supervise your child and some friends as they run free, jump and move around.
For kids, active play is actually required for optimal growth and development.
Turn Off The TV
Our kids spend way too much sedentary time in front of televisions, DVDs, video games and computers. Children and youth should be getting no more than two hours of screen time per day. For preschoolers, the recommendation is less than one hour, and for toddlers under two, the recommendation is zero screen time. Make some house rules about screen time in the after-school period and stick to them.
Bike, Stroll Or Roll
Active transportation is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into a child’s day. So, walk or cycle your kids to and from school, or encourage your child’s caregiver or daycare to do the same.
‘Kids Mania at RPM’, is a multi-purpose children’s play zone comprising indoor and outdoor areas that targets the growing number of resident and visiting families to Phuket.
Conveniently located in the centre of the island Kids Mania at RPM offers a safe and fun environment with professional, trained staff for toddler’s and children up to eight years old.
“Kids Mania at RPM is something new for Phuket – a fun play area for children that is designed and managed by professionals. A stand alone facility that is open to the public.
The island’s number one choice for families and children, Kids Mania at RPM is a kids paradise with its air-conditioned indoor soft play area full of toys and ball pools, a large adjacent outdoor shaded play ground with climbing frames, play apparatus, swings and more, and three private indoor activity rooms.
Kids Mania at RPM offers day rates and monthly memberships, caters for private parties, and is open 10:00 – 19:00 7 days a week.