Fun On A Trampoline

A trampoline is an ideal way to get children to play outside. It might seem dangerous, but there are several ways to add a bit of safety while children are on them. You can purchase nets that can be added to the sides so that children don’t fall off. Place guards over the springs to prevent pinching and to prevent children from slipping between the sets of coils.

Fun and Useful Accessories for Your Trampoline

There are a few trampoline accessories that you want to keep on hand. Springs can break if there is a lot of pressure applied to them. You can often get an entire set at a retail or hardware store so that you can immediately replace the springs when they break.

A fun accessory that you can add is a basketball hoop. The hoop attaches to the netting that is installed around the trampoline. It is sturdy and will likely provide hours of entertainment for children. A ladder usually doesn’t come with the set, but it’s a good investment so that children aren’t injured when they get on the equipment. Children can camp out on the trampoline when you add a tent that secures along the edges of the equipment. There is a large opening that zips close, keeping children from falling off the side.  This is truly useful while they are playing and telling stories at night before settling into sleeping bags.

Outdoor Fun on The Trampoline

Owning a trampoline gives children a reason to spend time outdoors. There are so many video games that keep children inside the house. Playing on a trampoline is a way for them to get fresh air.  It’s also a good way to get the exercise that they need to strengthen the circulatory system along with the skeletal and muscular systems.

The trampoline will likely keep older children at home, playing with their friends instead of wanting to go out of the house. Sometimes, children don’t get to spend enough time with their friends because of school, sports and family activities.  When they do find time to spend with friends, they would often opt to stay in cool hangout places.  Having a trampoline at home instantly makes your place the cool place to be in. It’s definitely an easy way to make sure your children stay out of trouble and have fun with their friends at the same time.

Outdoor Fun with My Two Tots

In this day of tablets, smart phones and video games, it is important for parents to encourage their kids to try various outdoor activities that promote physical fitness and growth. Health experts have repeatedly stressed the importance of physical activities or exercise in the overall health of both adults and kids. So even if your kid’s TV shows, video games, or smart phone apps have educational value, it doesn’t make up for the health benefits of stretching out and moving those muscles.

Outdoor activities help kids improve eye hand coordination, balance, stamina, and promote the development of muscles. There are several outdoor activities that kids can do on their own like playing in the park or in the yard. But there are also outdoor activities which are much more engaging in the company of family and friends. Here are some of the fun activities that we enjoy doing with my two tots Jade and Jakei:

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RUNNING.  Our little ones are usually charged with energy and enthusiasm whenever we go on afternoon runs in the park or in the sports complex. However, joining marathons that require them to wake up very early in the morning is another story. Instead of just stretching and bending we had to prod and motivate them before starting off. But since, these two tots aren’t the types who want to get left behind we are always able to finish our races within a reasonable amount of time.

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SWIMMING. There is nothing like a cool dip in the pool to quench the summer heat. Swimming is a good exercise for the whole body including the lungs. Plus, it’s a good survival skill to acquire especially now that flooding has become common in a lot of areas in the world. If there was a prize for the most number of hours in the water then Jakei would’ve been the runaway winner. It was difficult to get him out of the pool that my husband and I had to take turns keeping him company in the water.

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CYCLING. Of course this is far from the professional cycling that we see on sports TV. We got the little ones their first bikes last Christmas and they have been enjoying bike rides almost every day since. Jade has become quite good at maneuvering the bike and has been trying to ride just about everything with wheels including her cousin Sophie’s toy wagon. Jade also tried riding a scooter during one of our trips to the toy store, and she has been requesting for months now. She also wanted some “shoes with wheels” so she can “walk faster”. We are actually considering getting them both some kids roller skates for Christmas this year. Our eldest sister was the only one who learned how to ride the roller skates when we were little and I’m hoping that my little one’s enthusiasm for it will help her acquire the skill.

There are a lot more fun and affordable ways to get the kids into engaging outdoor activities. The important thing is for the parents to know their child’s interests and skill level in order to choose the appropriate activity for them. Games or activities that do not interest them or those that are beyond their skills can lead to boredom and frustration.

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