The State of Play study revealed that both parents and children face similar barriers when it comes to play: lack of time and inspiration and an overreliance on technology. Whilst it can be difficult to overcome these barriers, there are many things you can do to help get the kids active, such as suggesting some fresh activities from our Playopedia.
Alternatively, Paula Barrett offers five simple tips on how to make the games kids play regularly more exciting:
1. Tell the kids to use a different piece of equipment than what is traditionally used for a certain game and make their own rules. This could be as simple as using a tennis racquet for a game of backyard cricket, shooting hoops with a handball or using a basketball for a new version of handball.
2. Kids love playing in the dark, so try one of their favourite games with head torches at night time.
3. Take the games out of the setting the kids are used to playing it in. The beach is usually a favourite but also try going to a different local park than what the kids are used to.
4. Create a new game by mixing old favourites two games together. For example a game of backyard or park footy that includes soccer goals or a basketball hoop.
5. For those warmer days when kids are splashing about in the pool, play a game of water polo whilst riding inflatable toys. If you don’t have a water polo net, you can make up a game as simple as keeping the ball in the air.
Whilst all these things are going to help get the kids to get active, you may also wish to consider ways in which to motivate yourself to follow suit. Maybe you could benefit from the advantages to your own health and fitness that can be gained from running around and getting physically active. You might be surprised at just how much of a workout it can be trying to keep up with kids at play! Then there is the amazing opportunity to share in the fun with your children and develop memories that will last a lifetime.