When I was a kid, I was either in school or playing outside. Playing inside wasn’t really an option and we had no real interest in doing that anyway. We wanted to play with our friends and our friends were outside. We rode bikes, we went to the park, we played baseball on the corner, we explored the woods near our house. We also played tag, football and sometimes just hung around and talked underneath the street light if it was too dark to do anything else. There were always kids playing outside on our block and most of us only went inside to eat.
But these days it seems like playing outside is the exception, not the norm. Kids are inside glued to glowing screens and parents are challenged to find new and creative ways to inspire them to head outside and play. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my kids tell me that “there is nothing to do outside” or that “it’s boring outside”. They clearly need some inspiration and motivation to get outside and play.
CLIF Kid is a company that is dedicating to helping reclaim play because they recognize that there are benefits to being active outdoors that are missing from the lives of kids today. The outdoors offers fresh air and the opportunity for activity that lays the foundation for healthy minds and bodies. Did you know that while approximately 70% of moms played outside when they were young, only 31% of their kids play outside today? That’s a huge discrepancy!
CLIF Kid is the perfect brand to advocate for active kids. Their CLIF Kid Zbar® is a nutritious snack that I feel good about giving to my kids. We have been fans of their bars for many years. I love that they are non-GMO, are made with organic ingredients, don’t have anything artificial in them and contain the right nutrients to fuel my kids so they can stay active. Some days my kids grab a bar (or two) and disappear outside to play. I don’t hear back from them except when they pop in all sweaty (and smelly) to check in, and they disappear again.
Check out how CLIF Kid is helping kids reclaim play —> CLIF Kids Come out and Play Video.
Other times it’s a challenge to get them to head outside and play, the pull from all of the glowing screens inside is just too much. So I came up with an idea to not only help limit their screen time but to motivate them to get outside and play. My ‘Get Out and Play’ Outdoor Activity Circuit (and Reward Tracker) is a system we have been using for them to earn their screen time by going outside to play. It can be done anywhere and as many times as they want, but the rule is that it MUST be done outside.
They have fun with it and actually compete with each other to get the most number of extra circuits completed each week!
Rain or shine, they are out there being active, playing and having fun. And maybe getting a little dirty, but that’s ok! And CLIF Kids help keep them energized for another circuit.
The Iced Oatmeal Cookie is our very favorite flavor. Yes, I said “our”. What? I can eat them too.
Ready for another round!
How do you motivate your kids to go outside and play?
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