It's no secret that our family is active. We like to get out and MOVE! One of the issues we've encountered with family fitness, though, is that kids of different ages have varying skill and experience levels. It can be challenging to engage everyone in a single activity. The little ones have trouble keeping up and without encouragement to stay involved, they can easily get frustrated.
Today, we're working with Let's Play to share one of our favorite family activities that gets everyone engaged: zone tag!
Let's Play is an initiative by our sponsor Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. They're working with non-profit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports to build and improve playgrounds and provide grants for sports equipment to make play possible for more children. They're on-track to help 10 million kids by 2017! As official Play Ambassadors (is that not the coolest title on the planet?), Nate and I are responsible for spreading the message and encouraging active play. Physical play helps kids think creatively and forge strong connections with each other by learning to share, negotiate, resolve conflicts and develop self-advocacy skills.
Zone tag is one of our favorite ways to get active play going in our own family. It's similar to the traditional game of tag, except it takes it down a notch to level the playing field for little ones. Instead of racing to “tag” each other, participants race to get to various zones.
With spurts of activity, it gets the kids' energy out and provides mom and dad with plenty of burst training. I also like that it allows for a bit of down time in between spurts of running, offering up a good opportunity to connect with the kids and check-in to make sure they're having fun.
This family fitness activity also offers plenty of exploration opportunities, as you can designate zones ranging from slides to swings, trees, rocks and more.
Head on over to Let's Play to get step-by-step play instructions. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and enter their video contest in partnership with KaBOOM! for a shot at winning a $20,000 playground equipment grant!