As the kids get older, getting them outdoors gets more of a challenge.
If your kids are anything like mine, they moan about leaving the house; “just one more level” on their computer game or “do we have to come, it’s boring“.
Yet the moment we reach our destination, they are out the car like a shot, running, laughing and using their imaginations to create their very own adventures.
Sometimes it is all to easy to stay indoors, but I find the kids not only behave better if they are having fun outside, but it also makes them sleep better – a double win for me.
Once outside their toy of choice is always the good old stick. Perfect for doing battle, turning into a stickman, playing pooh sticks or even building a den for the Gruffalo, it is the most versatile toy around!!
Getting mucky is all part of the fun. Just pop the dirty washing in the machine when you get home, make the kids a hot chocolate and put them in a lovely hot, bubbly bath to help warm them up.
If the thought of heading out in the rain fills you with dread, there are plenty of indoor activities that will get the kids hearts pumping. How about a spot of climbing?
Climbing is not only great for their gross motor skills, but it helps with their balance, co-ordination and confidence. Isaac has even started going around the high ropes course blindfolded!!
Let me introduce you to the Reima’s #millionhoursofjoy challenge!
Reima, a Finnish childrenswear brand, wants to encourage children around the world to participate in 1 million hours of activity before the end of 2017 in an effort to tackle obesity in children.
Reima Kidventure is measuring the activity levels of children across the globe, with an interactive map, which can be found on the Kidventure landing page. At the top, it shows the total amount of hours we have accumulated around the world as a whole and, if you scroll over the pins on each country, it tells you the activity levels for every country. The UK has only just started our event so is significantly lower than other countries, but we want to change that. Simply calculate the total number of hours of activity of each child and enter them each week.
Every time this is done, it equals an entry into the Reima and Visit Finland competition, which includes: Reima merchandise, Reima clothing and, most importantly, a trip to Finnish Lapland for one family from every country. The more times activity is entered, the more entries that person will receive.
Reima make stylish, practical clothes for children, which are perfect for the great outdoors. Their range comes in lovely bold and bright designs which will make the kids really stand out from the crowd and being a Finnish company, the real attention to detail is the technical specifications of the clothes. The coats are waterproof and windproof whilst avoiding chemical nasties like flurocarbons to get that rainproof finish.
Reima also have a ReimaGO sensor, which is the world’s first wearable activity sensor for children. Simply pop on the sensor, download the app and activity levels will be entered automatically. My kids are always fascinated by how many steps we have done when we are out, so being able to track their own is a real winner.
Reima have also adopted a reindeer called Reima [which can get very confusing!] who has a ReimaGO activity sensor attached to her collar. Children are encouraged to try to beat her levels of activity which you can find here.
I think this is a great challenge and we have already entered our first weeks activity hours – will you be taking part?