This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
I'm so thankful that summer is here! There's nothing my family loves more than to go to the beach and play in the water. It's so great to see kids outside playing again and it's really good for them! It's good for me too - swimming is one of the best exercises around since it's gentle on your joints and it's a passive activity that burns lots of calories.
My sons have never had enough by just jumping in Lake Michigan, since there is a huge playground set right on the water's edge. That set got many hours of use while my boys were growing up because it's just so much fun! Aside from being fun for them, playing helped them build muscle and helping their hearts and lungs stay in tip-top shape. It prevented them from being overweight.
When I was growing up we were limited to the type of playground equipment that existed: swings, slide, teeter-totter, merry go round. That was pretty much it. Today's kids have a wide variety of playground equipment that really encourages them to play freely and there's no limit to the games and activities that they like to do! Contests to see who can hang on the bars longer, pretending there's lava on the ground, tag, and much more. With all of the time that kids spend using today's technology, it's more important than ever to keep them active and moving.
The Voice of Play came out with eight of the most exciting PLAYFul trends for 2016 which include things like nature play, outdoor fitness activities, rough and tumble play and a few more. We had incorporated quite a few of these trends into our lives without even knowing it! You can find the full list HERE. How many do you incorporate in your kids' lives?
The Voice of Play through it's non-profit association IPEMA, was formed to educate and promote children's free outdoor play and the use of playgrounds. Their goal is to educate you and make you aware of the huge benefits associated with children's play. Anyone who cares about kids and play should check out their website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
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