Friday, May 8, 2009

It's Time to Play

Maybe you're looking outside right now and snow is falling on the ground. Or maybe you're in a place where people are sweating and wearing shorts. You might have a bunch of friends available for playing, or you could be all by yourself. No matter what the weather is like or how many friends are around, there's always a way to be physically active and have fun. Here's how.

When It's Just You

By yourself? Try hopping on your bike, strapping on your skates, or grabbing your skateboard. Don't forget your helmet and pads! Or try jumping rope and counting how many times you can jump before you miss. Jumping rope is a great way to get aerobic exercise.
Sometimes being by yourself gives you a chance to practice stuff so you get better at it. If you play tennis, try hitting a tennis ball against a brick wall. If basketball's your thing, try shooting hoops and seeing how many you can sink. Or if you're into soccer, grab a ball, and see how long you can keep it in the air using your feet, knees, and head. When you play with your friends again, they'll be amazed at what you can do!

More things to do when it's just you:
  • Practice hopscotch.
  • See how long you can hop on one foot.
  • Do jumping jacks.
  • Invent some dance moves.
  • Do sprints (short running races) and time yourself to see how fast you go.
  • Use a pedometer to count the number of steps between your favorite places, like your house and the park.

When There Are Two

Just you and a friend hanging out, looking for something to do? Practice playing some Ping-Pong or start a tennis tournament between the two of you. Ever try badminton? It's great if you have a net, but you also can play by just seeing how many times you can hit the birdie back and forth to each other.
How about a little one-on-one in basketball or a race to see who's the fastest runner? Maybe you're into cheerleading. If so, invent some new cheers together.

More things to do when there are two:
  • Have a handstand contest.
  • Invent dances to your favorite songs.
  • Jump rope together.
  • Ride bikes and don't forget your helmets!
  • Practice pitching and hitting a baseball.

When There Are a Lot of You

If there are a bunch of kids looking for something cool to do, you're in luck! Lots of sports and games work well with a group of kids. Baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball are good group games. Or you might play follow the leader on bikes, blades, or skates.
More things to do when there are a lot of you:
  • Have a skateboarding contest.
  • Play tag.
  • Play outdoor hide-and-seek.
  • Dance to your favorite music.


When It's Cold Outside

Brrr! It's a cold day and you're all bundled up, looking for some fun. Warm up fast and get those muscles moving by shoveling the snow off the driveway or the sidewalk. You might even offer to shovel the driveways or sidewalks for people in your neighborhood. Make some giant snow people or other snow creatures. Build an igloo or a fort, and store all your snowballs there.
If you live near an ice-skating rink or pond, strap on some skates and glide across the ice. If skiing is more your thing, put on those skis and go because both downhill and cross-country skiing are great ways to exercise. Or see the snow rushing past you from a sled, snowboard, or toboggan. It helps to have a grown-up around to keep everyone safe. Be sure to steer clear of obstacles like trees and to stay off roads and streets.

More things to do when it's cold:
  • Play tag in the snow.
  • Take a nature hike and look for animal footprints.
  • Pull a little kid around on a sled.
  • Make snow angels.

When It's Hot, Hot, Hot

Yikes - it's hot outside, everyone is sweaty, and your legs are stuck to the seat of the car. What do you do? Swim, of course! Race your friends or show off your underwater skill by doing a handstand. But don't forget the safety rules. Make sure there's an adult around to watch you and no dunking!
On land, you can have a water balloon toss with friends. Catch that balloon, or you'll get soaked!
When you're exercising in the heat, it is very important to remember to drink lots of water, even if you don't feel thirsty. Hot temperatures make you sweat more when you're exercising, so you must replace the water you lose to prevent heat exhaustion.

More things to do when it's hot:
  • Take a nature walk on a shady trail.
  • Wash your dog outside.
  • Wash your parents' or neighbors' car.
  • Turn on the sprinkler and cool off!

When You're Stuck at Home

Maybe you can't go out because the weather is rainy or too cold. But that doesn't mean you can't get some exercise while you're inside.
Turn on your favorite music and dance. Invite your dog or cat to join in the fun. Or grab a hula hoop and make up some hula-hoop dances. If there is enough room, you can jump rope and count how many times you jump without missing.
There are basketball hoops with over-the-door hooks and basketballs made from soft foam that are meant to be played with indoors. If you have them and there is enough room, set them up and shoot some hoops. Have a tournament with everyone in the house - may the best basketball player win!

More things to do when you're stuck at home:
  • Do some tumbling if you have enough room to do it. 
  • Set up a scavenger hunt.
  • Bat a balloon back and forth and try not to let it hit the floor.
And here's one thing not to do: Try not to say, "I'm bored. There's nothing to do." As you just found out, there's always something to do!

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Celebrating Mother's Day

For Mom  "We only have One Mom, One Mommy, One Mother in this World, One life. Don't wait for the Tomorrow's to tell Mom, you love her"
Sunday May 10, 2009 we celebrate Mother's Day in North America. In the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on March 22, 2009.
The first Mother's Day observance was a church service honoring Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis, held at Anna Jarvis's request in Grafton, West Virginia, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1908.
Enjoy these fun things to do for and with your Mom this Mother's Day. 

Mom Door Knob Hangers
Print, clip and hang outside Mom's door!
Mom ~new~ Coloring Sheets
Newly designed coloring sheets for your special Mom.

Mom Color Mom a Sunflower
Print and color Mom a special picture.

Mom Give Mom some Sunshine
Learn how to plant a sunflower for your Mom.

Mom Mother's Day Coupons
Printable coupons to give to Mom.

Mom Mother's Day Certificate
Print and give to the Worlds' Best Mom!

Mom Mom's Day Word Search
Online word search with Mom themes.

Mom Mother's Day Clipart
Flowery clipart for your web pages and signatures.

Mom Tributes to Mom
Post your own tribute!

Mom Mothers' Day Trivia
What do you know about Mother's Day?

Mom Mothers' Day Conflicts
What if you don't have a Mom? Have a Step-Mom or Foster Mom?

Mom Mothers' Day Posters
A selection of posters all about Moms.

  How to Find Mother's Day Gifts Kids Can Make :::


Things You'll Need:

  • Computer
  • Internet Access
  • Printer to print craft instructions or printable crafts
  • basic craft supplies per craft idea, per link suggestion

  1. Step 1
    Simply giving Mom time together, without work or strife, is a special gift by itself. Kids can consider giving Mom a clean house, no fighting, a special time together, bake a meal, or have a picnic in honor of Mom. for an example of kid-friendly recipes, visit the Web site,

  2. Step 2
    The Internet is full of inexpensive craft ideas. Many Web sites today offer handmade patterns, instructions, and ideas for memorable gifts that kids can make themselves. Here are a few Web sites that offer many ideas for Mother's Day gifts.

    1. Amazing Moms, Moms Keeping Life Fun and Festive, Mother's Day Crafts and Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom:

    2. Making Friends, Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom:

    3. Better Homes & Gardens, Mother's Day Crafts Kids Can Make:

    4., Gifts the Kids Can Make:

    5. CraftBits, Kids Crafts - Free Projects:

  3. Step 3
    Give the entire day to Mom. Plan absolutely nothing, and let Mom decide what you will do on Mother's Day. Mom may decide to visit a museum, park or simply cook outside on the patio. By giving the entire day to Mom, you are giving a memorable gift to celebrate and honor her.