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Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #13 Rub-A-Dub-Dub

What do you think ’household chores’, ‘cleaning’ and ‘cooking’ have to do with screen time?  They list in the top reasons parents give when asked ‘When do you use screen time for your kids?’  That’s why we’ve created Active Play Idea #13 – Rub-A-Dub-Dub. Next time you need to get the housework done, have a quick think before you grab for the screen if there’s some way your child can be involved.

It’s worked in my household. Whether it’s nature, nurture or a bit of both – my kid is now quite helpful when it comes to getting the housework done. I just hope his enthusiasm for cleaning, doing the washing and cooking stays with him for life.

You can do this play idea with babies – give them some pegs to play with when you’re hanging out the washing, play ‘peek-a-boo’ behind large pieces of washing or give them a selection of pots, pans and wooden utensils to explore in the kitchen during meal prep.

We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for getting kids to help with housework.

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 #12 Bucket Walk

Active Play Idea #12 ‘Bucket Walk’ was created for Nicole’s niece who loved craft and an outdoor adventure when she was little. She also loved computer games – so this was a great alternative to screen time.

Kids + buckets is a winning combination when it comes to play. If your child isn’t into craft then creating a small nature table for their collection may appeal. Mix it up by adding a Scavenger Hunt to your walk – there’s a great one on Nature Play CBRs website.

You can do this play idea with babies as well – let them feel the textures of the different items you find and smell flowers and crushed leaves. Talk about what you can feel, see and hear – babies love this.

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.

If you have any questions about the Mighty Movers program – please email Nicole on nsadlier@bluearth.org

Mighty Movers CBR – Active Play #11 Horsing Around

The Weekly Active Play Ideas are back! Mighty Movers CBR has created another 10 ideas to help you, your family, your playgroup or early childhood education centre inject some more active play into your everyday. We’re kicking off with #11 Horsing Around.

This idea has been tried and tested by my preschooler and I think he’s worn a track around our dining table! Maybe even worn me out a little joining him on the riding adventures.

With Christmas present wrapping just around the corner – remember to keep your long cardboard tubes from the wrapping paper as they make excellent impromptu horses to ride.

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 fb.me/MightyMoversCBR – 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.

If you have any questions about the Mighty Movers program – please email Nicole on nsadlier@bluearth.org