Holy crow, it’s practically summer. And when you have kids that love the water as much as mine, that means finding a pool and figuring out fun things to do in it. Sometimes all kids need to be entertained is the pool itself, but every kid loves a good pool game.
If you’re tired of playing, “Mommy, try to get away while I chase you,” (which really means, “Mommy, do your best to haul yourself around this pool without getting any of this community bath water in your mouth, while I kick strangers in the stomach, splash old ladies in the face and run into babies who are in the pool for the first time.”) then these alternatives should float your boat.
On rainy or snowy days, or for less athletically-inclined children, get their — and your — circulation going while indoors. Try a game of Twister, hold indoor ping pong tournaments or play hide and seek.;
If your child seems more excited about texting friends than moving his or her body, lure them into exercise with technology. Try the Wii, which can be played indoors while requiring the body to simulate the motions of tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing. Let your children invite their friends over for Wii’s “Just Dance Summer Party.”
Respect Their Level
Some children are natural athletes while others enjoy more relaxed physical pursuits. Respect your child’s level and work within it, only gradually increasing the intensity. As with adults, all children progress at a different pace. If walking around the neighborhood or a park is what your child enjoys, begin there. Then slowly add other activities such as tossing a ball. Walking might lead to hiking a more challenging mountain trail.