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Active Kids Are Healthy Kids

Today’s technology is the downfall of healthy bodies. Kids have become less active, and they have more video games, computers, and television shows to keep them entertained. This means that kids are sitting and not getting the exercise they need to grow up with a healthy body. They have become couch potatoes. How can you motivate your kids and help them grow up healthy? This does not have to involve sports or formal exercise.

Kids and Indoor Chores

There is one definite way to make sure that your kids stay active. Kids need to do some household chores. No matter what their age, kids can begin to learn responsibly. While learning responsibility by doing chores, you are also promoting exercise in your kids. The kids do not realize that this is your goal, so it works. They usually think you are just being mean by making them clean and help with the routine house chores.

Your kids could do dishes, clean their rooms, sweep and mop the kitchen and bathroom floors, or even do some laundry. There is a way to keep kids active indoors without calling it exercise.

Outdoor Chores for Kids

Kids need to be outdoors when the weather is nice, or even when the weather is a bit chilly. There are outdoor chores that your kids can do to stay active. They can help with the lawn work such as mowing the grass, weeding, raking, or even shoveling the snow in the winter. Outdoor chores are endless as all parents realize, and kids can get plenty of exercise doing the things that you might not have time to do.

Family Fun Activities

Family time is another time to get the family out to enjoy some fun activities. Kids are more apt to participate in fun outdoor activities as long as you do not tell them it is exercise. You could keep your kids very active this way. They will never suspect that they are exercising as long as you make it a family outing. You could take a hike, visit fair grounds, walk on the beach, play volleyball or badminton, or even go skiing.

A Fun Game

Fitness is important at any age. Kids need some form of exercise, but you do not have to call it by that name. The new Wii is beneficial for exercise, and you won’t have to beg your kids to play it. If you are going to buy your kids a video game, the Wii is the only one to consider. The video game that comes with the unit has bowling, golfing, tennis, and boxing. Finally, a video designer has realized that kids today do not get the exercise they need from sitting down playing a video game. The Wii also has a fitness video, but chances are that kids will not enjoy that game as much as the others.

There are many things that kids can do to stay active; they just need to have some guidance. Whether it is doing chores, a family outing, or playing active video games, kids will get the exercise they need to stay healthy and not become sluggish and overweight.

Video Game Education For the Homeschooler

I have previously discussed homeschool software or software that targets children and somehow related to learning. This time i will discuss something different that equally relates to the idea of unschooling. You want your child to learn and you want your child to have fun. You also want your child to interact with other children and be familiar with the cutting edge technology that today has to offer.

It has been shown that children who play video games have better hand eye coordination, higher reading skills, are more adept at math, and are more familiar with technology. The best part is that this is all a byproduct of your child having fun and doing something that they like to do. I am not going to make the jump to think that all children like video games because I know they don’t but as the success of video game consoles continues to rise I think it is true that many children do enjoy video games.

Kids can interact with each other if they are playing together or they can interact online if they are not together. Kids can make friends in other states and countries and feel a sense of community. And all the while they are learning. Maybe not in the way that their parents did but in the way of the future.

Nasa and all airlines use sophisticated simulators to train pilots, many of these software systems are not that much different from the most sophisticated simulators of yesteryear. In my opinion if NASA trust software to get its astronauts to the moon and back I can trust it to teach my kid a thing or two. Along the way I will earn some major goodie points with my kids for letting them do something they enjoy.

A word of caution. Video games can be addictive and expensive and you must always keep a close eye on children’s online activity but with some close monitoring and structure you can work games into the day of a homeschooler. Use them to wake a kid up, get the blood flowing, as a reward, as a break from a rigorous day, something to change the pace, as a break for yourself.

Homeschooling is meant to bring new opportunities to the class room so take full advantage of this opportunity. Resist the urge to do things as they have always been done and take a chance at doing something different. The numerous types of homeschool software offer countless opportunities for the class room.

Computer Games Or Board Games

Classic board games have several benefits. These days most of the classical board games are available as computer games. Excellent critical thinking skills can be boosted by many of these games. The simple versions of these board games are very popular among common man. Your thinking skills can be expanded and explored to maximum by playing the basic strategy games like chess, checkers or rummy. By playing these games the elder people are benefited by promoting their brain capability.

Brain development for kids can be made by these board games. Most of these board games can be used to stimulate the reasoning power. People who are playing such games are less likely to affect certain mental disorders like Alzheimer’s. The game will be interesting for anyone who understands the concepts and rules of the game. It takes a bit of time to understand and get used with the game.

Children will gain a unique educational experience by playing board games. They are benefits other than entertainment by playing these board games. Many board games are now available as computer games where there are virtual opponents available in the computer version. Board games available in computer eliminate the need of setting up the game and space. Due to the arrival and the popularity of the internet, most of these board games can be played online over the internet. So your opponent might be residing at the other end of the world, for all you know. There are some websites which gives you the option to choose from a variety of computer board games so that you don’t have to download the game in your computer there by saving space.

Parents can introduce board games to their kids at quite an early age for their kids. Initially kids will be fascinated by the different shapes and colors of the board game. Later once they understand the concepts parent can participate in the game with their kids. Thus they will able to spend quality time together with the family. The kids will grow in healthy atmosphere by boosting their confidence. Most of the card games or broad games will teach the kids some mathematics and logics in addition to the pleasure generated by the game. Kids who find it difficult to learn these under the strict and tense atmosphere of the school can very easily achieve through these games. If parents want to introduce their kids to board game they need to visit an online game store or a local one and see what are the various options available for their kids. They can choose the most appropriate one depending on the age group classification.

Board games are not too much academic or educational but by playing them kids can achieve lots of social skills like verbal communication, patience, sharing, ability to take turns and interacting with the fellow players. Kids will improve the power of concentration through board games. Some aspects in real life can be felt through these games. For example ‘luck’ is a common factor happening to every individual’s life.

Some times I can be better and some times very worse. Kids will experience luck through these games. Games like ‘Snakes & Ladders’ depend only on luck. Kids will be taught to never give up on a failure and try till the end of the game. These are amazing principles which kids can follow in their real life.