Playing - kids' fun indoor and outdoor activities

Kids don’t need a gym to be active and have fun – all they need is a place to play and a few ideas for games.

Kids love to play, and it’s a great way to get them up and about, having fun and staying healthy. From football in the park to building a den with a cardboard box, play is great for kids’ emotional, social and physical development.

Playing together is a great way to be active as a family. It burns energy and helps kids maintain a healthy weight – reducing their risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer in later life.

Playing active games can also help your kids:

  • make friends
  • develop their imagination
  • improve their self-confidence
  • learn about risk
  • concentrate
  • communicate with others

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How to play safe

Check out parks and playgrounds yourself before you let your kids play there. Look out for:

  • rubbish or dog mess
  • hard surfaces or large drops
  • traffic hazards

Allow your kids to test and stretch themselves. Small risks are part of play and help conquer fears, develop independence, while mastering new skills.

Playing safely indoors

  • Remove all sharp objects, including furniture with sharp edges or hard corners, or put covers over them.
  • Move valuables and breakables out of the way.
  • Make sure any areas of plate glass are cordoned off – you can use chairs to make a simple barrier.
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Playful parenting top five tips

  1. Encourage kids to solve problems themselves – it will get their brains working so you don’t have to come up with all the ideas.
  2. Let them take the lead – some kids like energetic play, others were born to perform or make things.
  3. Join in with make-believe games – your kids will love it and you’ll have fun too.
  4. Don’t get too over-protective – if the worst that can happen is a bump or scrape, let children take part and they’ll learn about risk.
  5. Get outdoors when you can – playing outside lets kids be more active – and if they get dirty, well that’s what baths and washing machines are for.

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