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Play in the Park

Parks are a great place to encourage outdoor play. Instead of sitting inside watching television or playing on a tablet, plan a day at the park with your little one. Bring lunch, water and snacks so you and your child can enjoy the outdoors all day.

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A few activities to get you started for the day can include playing Frisbee, playing catch and jumping rope. Try to gather a group of children and their parents for a friendly game of whiffle ball. If your park has a walking trail, bring a notebook and ask your child to draw things that you see along the way. Take photos of unique animals, flowers or trees and research them at home for a nice cool-down activity.

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What are some activities you and your children do at the park?

Playing it Cool During the Summer Heat

Infants & Teacher with Bubbles CWhen the summer sun blazes bright, children often spend more time outdoors—running, jumping, climbing, biking and being active. It is important to remember that physical activity in excessive heat can cause a variety of health issues including sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Below are a few tips that can help prevent your child from experiencing any of these heat-related illnesses. (Please note: If you feel that your child is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.)

  • If you are aware that the day is going to be excessively hot, try to limit outdoor play time to the morning and evening hours (before 10 am and after 4 pm).
  • Sunglasses and hats with brims help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above that protects against UVA and UVB rays before your child heads outdoors. Apply liberally and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn in a single layer to help absorb and facilitate sweat evaporation. If your child should sweat through their clothing, have them change into a dry outfit before continuing their activity.
  • Fluids, fluids, fluids! Children should be well hydrated before they go out to play and have access to drinking water while participating in outdoor activities.
  • During prolonged outdoor activity, like a sports game or practice, children should be given frequent breaks (in 20-minute increments) to recover (in the shade) and rehydrate.

Family Picnic Time!

Introduce your children to the wonders of a picnic…grab the picnic basket and a blanket.  But food is still the most important picnic ingredient:

What to pack:  (Always consider age-appropriateness!)

  • Easy-to-transport veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers
  • Bottled water or sippy cups with water
  • Trail mix:  Make your own.  Include nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, and coconut.
  • Fresh fruit:  Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers.
  • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers.
  • Pre-cut sandwiches: Peanut butter and banana or cream cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread.
  • Plastic utensils.

Picnics are a great family outing, and can become a treasured family memory.  Plan your picnic according to your family dynamics to ensure a pleasant experience.

  • Does your toddler need a nap at two?  Then make it a brunch picnic so you are home in time.
  • Does your preschooler need high-energy activity before sitting down to a yummy lunch?  Bring a Frisbee, a few balls, and maybe a kite – play first, and eat later.