Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #20 The Gingerbread Man

I must admit, I love the quiet time of snuggling up with my child and sharing a book. Although, what I enjoy even more is hearing and observing the stories we share weave their way into his play, singing and story telling. Through Mighty Movers CBR I’ve come to value bringing books to life with movement. Story time doesn’t have to always be quiet time and indoors – it can be active, exuberant, noisy, full of self-expression and take place outdoors – that’s why we’ve created Active Play Idea #20.

Your local Libraries ACT staff will be able to assist you with titles that will get you and your children moving. Or go online and check out their Kids Programs like Giggle & Wiggle.

Move More Sit Less when sharing story time with your child!

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

  • Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
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  • Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
  • Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #19 Go Bush

When I’m asked, “What is your favourite playground?” – my first response is generally a mix of:

  • a place I can walk to from home
  • a nature reserve near my home, and
  • the bush!

To me, the bush is one of the best playgrounds we can take our kids to. There’s so much space to run, lots to explore and normally fallen trees to climb, balance along and jump off. The bush, unlike most built playgrounds, changes markedly with the seasons and weather and helps kids tune in to nature with experiences like finding and smelling the delicate Chocolate Lily.

When I spend time with families at Bush Groups I’m always part of great movement, observe exciting explorations and hear interesting conversations. Active Play Idea #19 ‘Go Bush’ has been created as a resource to kick start your playgroup or family bush adventures.

Move More Sit Less and go bush in Australia’s Bush Capital, Canberra!

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

  • Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
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  • Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
  • Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #18 Ideas with Rope

When I think of rope and my childhood I have memories of skipping at school and rope swings in the bush. Rope is a super versatile play item and in Active Play Idea #18 we’ve unravelled four simple ideas to share with your child.

Try learning a few different knots to show/teach your child – here’s a good starting point. Or, try making your own cargo net climber like Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup did.

Remember fun with rope and knot tying leads to some great adventures later on when your children get older like: abseiling, sailing and rock climbing.

Move More Sit Less and find play with the everyday!

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

  • Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
  • Follow us on Facebook  – and Like, Comment or Share
  • Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
  • Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #17 Obstacle Course

Are you looking for an activity that really gets your kids moving in lots of different ways? Then Active Play Idea #17 ‘Obstacle Course’ is for you!

Obstacle Courses can be created indoors or outside, use everyday items, can be adapted to suit all ages, and best of all…kids love them!

If you enjoy Ninja Warrior from the comfort of your couch, why not create your own Ninja Warrior family course at home. Get crazy and creative, encourage your kids to add their own obstacles and enjoy their laughter when you have a go.

Share the Active Play love by uploading your photos or videos of your family, playgroup or early childhood centre getting their moves on and navigating your course.

Be a Move More Sit Less warrior and have fun!

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

  •  Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
  • Follow us on Facebook  – and Like, Comment or Share
  • Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
  • Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #16 Jumping Jacks

Does your child love to jump on the bed? Mine does! So much so, I have to sneak into the bedrooms when changing the sheets. Whether you love or loathe bed jumping, jumping is a skill your child will learn and practice on their developmental path.

To help your child hone their jumping skills, we’ve created Active Play Idea #16 ‘Jumping Jacks’. Join in when you can as jumping is great physical activity for adults too.

Looking to share jumping with your baby? Bouncy baby play to active songs and rhymes is sure to delight them. A popular one in my home is Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Move More Sit Less and jump for joy!

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

  •  Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
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  • Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
  • Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #15 In the Basket

 

There’s something innately satisfying about throwing an object at a target and hitting the mark. Whether you’re playing ball sports or just like throwing scrunched up paper into your bin – being able to throw an object and hit a target is a skill you most likely acquired when you were a kid.

You can help your child to develop an ability to throw and hit a target with Active Play Idea #15 ‘In the Basket’. It’s a fun game the whole family can play, and it’s a great way to re-purpose any odd, holey or old socks in your drawers.

Once your child is skilled at releasing their throw – try making paper aeroplanes to fly as a family. There’s a great design here https://tinyurl.com/yatuofbg to fold and fly, or feel free to share your favourite design with us.

Move More Sit Less and have fun playing with your kids!

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

  •  Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
  • Follow us on Facebook  – and Like, Comment or Share
  • Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
  • Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Summer break

With the festive season and Summer holidays just around the corner, Mighty Movers CBR is going to take a short break from sharing weekly Active Play Ideas with you. For holiday play inspiration, print out Nature Play CBR‘s Summer play list.

I hope you enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends at Christmas, and try to make these the Move More Sit Less Holidays. I look forward to seeing you and sharing with you more active play in 2018.

Nicole Sadlier, Physical Activity Project Officer (ACT) / Mighty Movers CBR

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

• Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
• Follow us on Facebook – and Like, Comment or Share
• Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
• Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #14 Ideas with a Bed Sheet

Sheets – every house has them. But, did you know that the humble bed sheet is one of the most versatile active play items in your home?

We’ve unfolded 4 fun play ideas for you to share with your child in Active Play Idea #14.

Looking for baby play fun? Try making-the-bed peek-a-boo, or creating a long crawling tunnel using chairs, or play ‘now you see them, now you don’t’ with the teddies.

Old sheets can be used as picnic blankets for backyard meal times or laying with your baby under a shady tree and watching the wind move the leaves.

How can you help to support and spread the word on Active Play?

• Try these play ideas at home or with groups of kids
• Follow us on Facebook – and Like, Comment or Share
• Share these play ideas with other families either through play, conversations, Facebook or printed copies
• Let us know if your family, playgroup or centre need help with making active play part of your everyday

Mighty Movers CBR is an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation run in partnership with ACT Playgroups and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. We hope it helps you, your children and your family Move More, Sit Less.