Springtime Activities That Could Cause Irreversible Eye Damage

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eyeNearly one million Americans have lost some degree of eyesight due to an eye injury. Dr. Shofner shares five popular springtime activities that could harm your vision and valuable prevention tips.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN welcomes warmer temperatures and sunshine; however, it’s important to be aware of hazards related to spring that could cause irreversible eye damage. Experts say more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by simply taking a few precautions and wearing safety glasses. Dr. Shofner shares five popular activities and important tips to help prevent eye damage this season.

1) Yard Work. While using a lawn mower, leaf-blower, weed trimmer, chain saw, or any power tool, it’s imperative to wear protective eyewear. These protective glasses should have a snug, wrap-style frame to decrease the likelihood of small, airborne particles getting behind the lenses, which could cause an eye infection or corneal abrasion. Also, check the area for rocks and debris and remove them before mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. These objects can become dangerous projectiles when shot out from lawn mowers and weed trimmers.

2) General Maintenance. Never clamp any cable to the negative battery post of a disabled car. This greatly increases the likelihood of a battery fire or even an explosion. The acid in batteries is terrible for your car, and even worse for eyes. Store a pair of safety glasses or goggles along with jumper cables and always follow instructions carefully when jump-starting a dead battery.

It may not be well known, but bungee cords are a common cause of severe eye injuries. If pulled too tightly, the hook can break or disconnects from the cord. Sometimes, the hook isn’t placed properly and can come loose or slips. Then, the hook, the cord, and/or the fastener can move directly at an eye at up to 200 miles an hour. Dr. Shofner recommends always wear eye protection when using bungee cords when strapping or securing objects. “Consider using rope or other cords that you can tie,” says Dr. Shofner.

3) Cleaning. Tis’ the season to begin spring cleaning projects. Many household cleaners and pesticides can burn your eyes’ delicate tissues. Always wear eye protection, gloves, read instructions carefully, work in well-ventilated areas and make sure the nozzle is pointed away from the face. Some chemicals that make contact with the eye can cause irreversible eye damage; Dr. Shofner suggests using Eco-friendly cleaning and pesticide products that are safe for humans and animals.

4) Sports. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly a quarter of a million children are seen in the nation’s hospital emergency departments each year due to toy-related injuries. Nearly half of these injuries are to the head and face, and many are eye injuries. Children under age 5 sustain about 35 percent of toy-related injuries. Always wear appropriate eye protection when playing sports. Buy safe toys for kids, avoiding those with sharp edges.

5) At Leisure. Just because it’s not officially Summer, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can not be harmful. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygium and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss. Always wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent when outdoors for any amount of time. Dr. Shofner also suggests children wear protective sunglasses as well as a large brim hat while outdoors.

Note for those who wear corrective eyeglasses: hardware stores sell inexpensive goggles that will usually fit over glasses. A more comfortable option is to purchase a pair of customized safety eyewear with polycarbonate lenses from an eye care practitioner. Contact Shofner Vision Center about suggested protective eyewear.

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and cataract vision correction surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries and over 30,000 LASIK/PRK surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area.

After taking all the necessary precautions, accidents still may happen. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone who experiences any eye injury should see a doctor immediately and have a friend or loved one drive you to a nearby medical center. For patients who experience sudden vision changes, impaired vision or general eye concern contact Shofner Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam to determine appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Reading Curriculums Have Been Released On Kids Activities Blog

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booksReading curriculums and birthday party ideas have been published on Kids Activities Blog. Teach the kids reading with Mom recommended curriculums that work.

Learning to read can be fun. Reading curriculums and cool birthday party ideas have been released on Kids Activities Blog. Teach the kids reading with Mom and kid tested supplies.

The reading programs are categorized by Moms who want to teach with a more hands off approach or hands on approach. The hands on approach includes programs from Siegfried Engelmann, from IEW’s PAL reading and writing, and from the Learning Pallet.

The hands off reading curriculum list includes the Starfall Reader program, the Time 4 Learning curriculum, and the Reading Egg. The list is endless and includes recommendations if for example multiple siblings are taught at the same time.

If all one needs is a little inspiration to throw an awesome birthday bash, look no further. Seasoned Moms are sharing their favorite ideas that do not require to spend a lot of money.

The best party ideas for boys include throwing an Angry Birds party by making the decor, food, treats, and games with items found around the house. Other party themes include a nautical birthday, a train party, a DIY Super Mario party, and of course a firefighter party.

An M&M basketball cake is easy to make and will be remembered for years to come by the sport loving child. An Olympic celebration, a Winnie the Poo themed party, and a dinosaur party are among the kids favorite themes. The list is endless and for kids of all ages.

For detailed instructions and to get additional fun ideas, check out Kids Activities Blog this week. Come get inspired to teach the kids how to read.

About Kids Activities Blog

Kids Activities Blog is a website created by two moms (who collectively have 9 children), Holly Homer and Rachel Miller. Their new book was published this spring by Page Street, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! Kids Activities Blog is an interactive website that publishes fun things to do with kids twice a day. It is an amazing resource for moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers and teachers to find kid-friendly activities that create memories and sneak learning into the fun.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Getting Healthy Together: The Best Sports Activities For Family Fitness

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boygirlplayvectorIt is amazing how many sports fans enjoy their favorite pastime from a distance. Their only contact with sports is to watch it on TV from the comfort of a couch or recliner, while eating snacks with no nutritional value. In other words, an activity that requires the epitome of health and fitness is enjoyed by people doing everything to decrease their own health and fitness.

Don’t let this happen to you, or any other member of your family. There are other ways to enjoy your favorite sports:

Together
Actively
Inexpensively

Weekend golfing doesn’t really meet that criteria. It pushes the definition of doing something together. One person swings while everyone else watches. It is also slow and expensive. It is a hobby usually suited to a single person.

Chess is another excellent sport. And yes, it is a sport. Unfortunately, only two can play. It is turn-based, slow, and let’s face it, no one ever lost weight or became more fit playing chess. But don’t worry; there are plenty of sports that are both fun to watch and to do. Here are my top three:

Tennis

The only thing better than watching Wimbledon on Independence Day is getting out there and playing it… and the barbecue. Tennis is a fast-paced game with plenty of built-in breaks for catching one’s breath. It can be played and enjoyed at all skill levels. You need at least two players. But you can have up to four on the court at one time. Because balls have to constantly be retrieved, there is plenty of activity for those not playing at the time.

The only thing you need to get started is a tennis racket for each player, lots of tennis balls, and a tennis court on which to play. There are always tennis courts to be found, usually for free use. You can pay for time on the nicer ones for a small fee. Unlike golf, tennis can be played without cashing out an IRA. If you are an enthusiast wanting to outfit your own backyard with the latest tennis court equipment, check out the latest accessories online. Otherwise, if all you need are some rackets and a cool headband, any department store will do.

Basketball

basketballvectorThere is no category of people who do not enjoy basketball on some level. There is even a National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Yes, there are people who play basketball with no legs. Being shorter than 6’7” is not a barrier to entry. Men, women, girls, and boys of all ages, sizes, and skill level can find some variation of basketball that works for them.

It is usually played at a frenetic pace that challenges even the most fit among us. Even those little ones you can hardly keep up with during the day will be huffing and puffing after a few minutes of round ball. Once you play for a while, you will come to appreciate the mad skills of the ones who make it look easy on TV.

Hiking

If you have had enough of chasing balls on courts, put on the grippy shoes and go for a long walk. Hiking is a legitimate sport, though it doesn’t feature prominently on TV. That is because it is a sport that is only worth doing, not watching. There is no special equipment to buy or maintain. There is no particular place you have to do it. There is no wrong way to do it. The only advice I have to offer is don’t walk through a briar patch in short pants. Otherwise, just go for it. You can fly solo or bring the whole family, even the dog.

The great thing about all of these activities is that they are enjoyable when done together with people you love. They are very active and beneficial for health and fitness. And of course, their cheap. No investments in expensive equipment are required. No matter what sport you choose, it will help you appreciate it all the more when it is time to kick back and watch your favorite athlete.

5 Great Activities To Get Your Kids (And You!) Moving This Summer

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By Michelle LaRowe

familyjogThe snow is finally melting and schools across the country are entering their final months before the long days of summer. Rather than packing the kids off to camp or settling in for a long summer in front of the television, incorporate fun and fitness into your family’s summer plans. This summer, commit to increasing your children’s and your own endurance, stamina, and physical fitness with these five fun activities.
Go for a Hike

Whether your family treks up a mountain or takes a scenic walk to a waterfall, admiring the wonders of nature by a walk in the woods is a no-cost, fun activity that increases fitness for children of all ages. The National Trail System boasts more than 50,000 miles of public trails with hikes available for all fitness levels and abilities. Young children may benefit from a small one mile loop while older children can hike up multi-mile inclines. Don’t spend your days off in front of the television; take the family, kids, pets, and all, for a hike!
Join a Team

Just because schools don’t offer sports year round doesn’t mean your kids can’t enjoy the benefits of team activities in the summer. Local clubs offer everything from soccer to swimming during the dog days of summer. Kids not only get the opportunity to meet new playmates and learn new skills but also increase their coordination and physical performance in team sports. Parents can get involved by coaching a team; helping everyone in the family to learn more about sportsmanship and to increase their physical activity level.
Family Dance Party

familyfunImproving your family’s fitness doesn’t have to be boring. On rainy days or long, lazy nights, throw a family dance party to get everyone moving. Assign a dance style to each song, like ballet, ballroom, or rock concert, and see what moves each family member can come up with. Create a fun and funky playlist, get out the glow sticks and disco lights, and go to town showing off your best moves.
Backyard Games

Increasing your physical activity doesn’t require much money or even leaving your backyard. All those games you enjoyed playing as a child can be just as fun for your own children to play- especially if you play too. Gather up the family for some backyard games that require little more than a ball and some running. Freeze Tag, Kick Ball, and Spud are highly physical but incredibly simple games for families of all ages and sizes. Even a simple game of catch improves hand-eye coordination and gets muscles warmed up.
Strap on Some Wheels

Don’t limit fun to what you can accomplish on your own two feet! Bikes, scooters, and skateboards all provide a fun way to burn some extra calories and get kids moving. Head to a local roller skating rink to spend an afternoon racing around the track to golden oldies and improving balance. Incorporating wheels not only provides speed and fun but allows kids to improve their endurance.

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time for families to recommit themselves to staying active and healthy. Not only do these activities provide needed physical activity, but they can also strengthen family bonds when you do them together.

– With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.

Fun Outdoor Activities For The Whole Family

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rollerbladeWith spring in the air, and the last of winter melting away, most of us have warm weather on the brain. And with summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning those fun activities that get the entire family outdoors and into the spirit of the season. So, if you’re looking for fun, exciting ways to spend time with your family this summer, keep reading for a list of activities designed to keep your brood active, healthy and happy!

Rollerblading

Want to have hilarious outdoor adventures with your family? Give rollerblading a try! This super-fun activity offers cardiovascular benefits that equal those of running, cycling and other intense workouts, but is also amusing, light-hearted and fun for individuals of all ages. Plus, rollerblading can promote balance, endurance and flexibility, and is a great way to introduce kids to sports like hockey, figure skating, etc. So if you’re interested in picking out some rollerblades for summer and getting in on the inline action, check out the following tips for beginners:

• Choose the right skate. In order to provide adequate ankle support, skates should fit snugly. If your skates feel a little loose in the ankle area, try a smaller size or tighten up the laces.

• Protect yourself. Every skater, no matter their skill level, should wear the proper protective gear when rollerblading. Helmets, plus pads for the knees and elbows, are absolute musts.

• Take baby steps. Rollerblading requires a great deal of balance. To build your way up to serious skating, lace up your skates and practice walking in grass or gravel.

• Once you feel comfortable enough to actually skate, look for a flat, smooth surface on which to practice turning, stopping, etc. Go slowly at first, then try your hand at picking up some speed.

Lawn Games

Classic lawn games can be a great way to bring the family, and maybe even the whole neighborhood, together for some outdoor fun and excitement. To make the most of a beautiful day, consider getting your family and friends together for classic outdoor games like the ones listed below. For added fun, host a barbecue or potluck picnic, centered around some friendly competition.

• Croquet.
• Lawn darts.
• Badminton.
• Horseshoes.
• Beanbag toss.

Camping

familyvectorCamping can be a vigorous physical activity, especially when you add in hiking, swimming and other camping-related fun. And while taking the entire family on a camping excursion may seem like a lot of work, the rewards definitely outweigh the effort. Enhance your experience by keeping the following points in mind:

• When it comes to packing, less is more. Remember, your kids will have nature at their disposal, so leave the toys and electronics at home.

• Use rubber storage bins to tote your food, toiletries and other items.

• Don’t forget essentials like flashlights, bug spray, toilet paper, folding chairs, soap, sunscreen, a first aid kit, plates and cups, wet wipes, etc.

• In case of bad weather, bring along a few books, puzzles, or maybe even a board game.

• If possible, choose a spot near a lake, pool or other outdoor attraction. Don’t forget the swimsuits!

• Plan hikes and other activities during your camping trip. One great idea is a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of things found in nature (e.g., acorns, bugs, specific types of leaves and rocks), and see if each member of your family can find one of each item.

• So as not to tempt the wildlife, never leave food or scraps outside the tent. Likewise for trash and personal items.

Paddle-Boarding

If you spend any time at all near the water, you’ve probably witnessed the latest trend in water sports. Stand-up paddle-boarding, also called stand-up surfing, is quickly becoming a favorite among water lovers of all ages. And with good reason! Paddle-boarding is a lot like surfing; but, as the name suggests, lovers of this sport glide through water with the use of paddles, and typically stick to calmer waters. Benefits include fun in the sun, improved balance, enhanced strength and more. Beginners should heed the following advice:

• When choosing a board and paddles, consult an expert. Factors like height, weight and fitness levels really come into play, so, instead of buying online or from a private seller, visit a reputable shop and make use of the sales staff.

• Before boarding in deep waters or waves, get plenty of practice in calm, shallow waters.

• Safety first! Life jackets are a must.

With the activities listed here, your family is all set for summer fun and excitement. Plus, by staying active, you’ll receive added benefits to health, as well as the advantage of family togetherness. Have fun, and play safe!

Keep Your Child Fit With Physical Activities

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kidsarmsupFrom Your Health Journal…..”I found a great article today from an online publication called The Leadership written by Rakuat Ahmed-Yusuf called Keep Your Child Fit With Physical Activities. The article begins by discussing how children need exercise as much as adults need it. Children innately love to play and run, which gives them the opportunity to stay fit and healthy. Most experts recommend at least one hour of physical activity each day, which many children are not getting. It is crucial to enhanced health, fighting obesity, reducing heart disease, cancer, bones weakness, and type 2 diabetes. They have better self esteem and more confident. Modern day technology has played a large role in creating a sedentary generation, whose life expectancy may be shorter than their parents if they are not careful. The author then gives some valuable tips / suggestions to assist parents in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for their children. Please visit The Leadership web site to read the complete article. It was very enjoyable, and I would love to bring traffic to their site. The link is provided below.”

From the article…..

Like adults, children need exercise. Children love to jump, climb and play games. These outdoor activities give them the chance to burn some energy, develop coordination and build their strength and confidence. Exercise and physical activities are two important factors in childhood development.

At least, one hour of physical activity everyday keeps the kids healthy. Regular exercise helps children to reduce stress, maintain healthy weight, and build healthy bones, muscles and joints. A recent research found that exercise can help reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes in children. It also helps them to sleep well at night, feel better about themselves, and even feel more ready to learn in school.

Unfortunately, children these days spend more of their time watching TV, which reduces the time they spend running and playing. As kids spend more time inside, it makes them less and therefore exposing them to risk of being overweight, feeling tired and lazy, and losing muscle tone. Parents have a very important role to play, by encouraging their children to engage in exercises regularly.

They should also try as much as possible to limit their video games, TV and computer time activities.
There are specific guidelines to follow when considering the kind of exercise for children, as age matters a lot.

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Spread Your Activities Throughout The Day

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From Your Health Journal…..”I found a great article/interview today by Irene Maher of the Tampa Bay Times that I wanted to promote here. I hope you all visit the Tampa Bay Times site (link provided below) to read this great article about keeping active throughout the day. Experts state one key to healthier lifestyle is to make your entire day more active by building movement into your day. It is a habit best started as early as possible. This is so important. I know for myself, I do try to make physical activity a big part of my day by taking steps, doing extra chores, walking from place to place, always going outside for fresh air, making more walks to the bathroom at work…..etc. I feel it helps to keep me fresh and vibrant, and not stiffening up. So many people spend a big part of their day sitting and just being very sedentary, so getting up and about is very important for many people. We know that heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and many young children already suffer from risk factors for heart disease, so change is needed. Please visit the Tampa Bay Times / ABC News site to read the complete article.

From the article…..

How do you get in shape and stay in shape? Experts say the real key is to make your entire lifestyle more active by building movement into your day. It is a habit best started as early as possible.

To find out more, we talked with Lisa Witherspoon, co-director of the Active Gaming Research Laboratories at the University of South Florida.

Anything with “gaming” in the title might sound like fun, but her specialty could hardly be more serious: getting kids moving.

Americans of all ages spend too much time on their backsides, and lots of experts think that’s a major cause of the obesity epidemic and a growing list of attendant maladies.

But Witherspoon will not tell you and your kids to put down your beloved electronic devices. Her research centers on finding ways to use technology to increase physical activity.

The interview:

Q: What happens, physically, to inactive people?

A: The first and most obvious result is obesity or weight gain. Also well-documented are the problems inactivity causes related to heart disease — blood pressure, cholesterol, circulation, heart rate, diabetes. Bones lose density, putting you at risk for fractures and osteoporosis. Muscle strength declines, limiting you physically so you’re not able to do as much, even just around the house. Balance and coordination decline also as muscle strength declines. Basically, if you don’t move, you’re slowly killing your body.

Q: Why are some kids running around all the time and others seem glued to the TV?

A: It has a great deal to do with parents and other role models at home. If the parents aren’t active, chances are the kids won’t be active. Many schools are eliminating or reducing physical education and recess time. So, if they aren’t getting it at home or at school, it’s no surprise that kids are becoming accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle.

Q: Do parents only need to worry about activity if their child is overweight or obese?

A: Kids who are not active are at a major disadvantage for their health. This isn’t about being fat or skinny. We want them healthy so their bones and their hearts, their muscles and their lungs are strong. Active people live longer, have fewer health problems, less pain and live independently longer.

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Guest Post – Emiah Chardon, 10 Activity Ideas Inspired By Primetime To Get You And Your Kids Active

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We all love watching our favorite cable TV shows, but have you ever thought about trying something from one of your favorite Primetime flicks? There are a lot of amazing ideas you can get from watching a fun series like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Myth Busters” and even “Man vs. Wild.” Here’s a list of ten activities, inspired by my favorite Primetime shows, to get you and the kids out of the house.

#1 Build a Fort with Bear Grylls

“Man vs. Wild” is a great inspiration for anything outdoors. My thought was to take the kids to the woods and see if we could make a lean shelter. Not only was it fun, it was a practical skill to develop. I found a great video to explain the process.

#2″Survivor”…sort of

We found a lot of fun things to do outside, one of them inspired by “Survivor.” Taking the kids out back to have them camp in the back yard, with a twist. The fun part was having them use primitive methods to start a fire, and to use old bed sheets and rope to make a shelter.

#3 “Green Arrow” and a few straw bales

One of the fun new Primetime shows is “Arrow.” I always wanted to try archery with my family, so we picked up a couple beginner bows at the local Wal-Mart, a few bales of straw from a local IFA store and BAM—we had an archery range in the back yard. Superhero status, here we come.

#4 “Top Gear” is Top Class

Our favorite BBC show, next to “Doctor Who,” is, of course, “Top Gear.” Nobody does cars like Jeremy, Richard and James. Want to get out of the house and show your kids your undying appreciation for a well built machine? Take them to a local car show or car museum. If that’s not available, I took my sons for a bit of window shopping. Just be a little stiff with the sales staff and you’ll be fine.

#5″Addicted to the Outdoors”…and tracks

There are a lot of hunting shows on TV nowadays, like “Addicted to the Outdoors” from the Outdoor Channel; and it got me thinking. Why not grab some books from the library and take my kids into the hills to do a little tracking of our own? Not to hurt the wildlife, but to learn about the tracks that animals make. It turned out to be fun, entertaining and educational!

#6 Dogs and more

My kids are big fans of “Dogs 101,” produced by Animal Planet. They wondered what it would be like to feed more than our own dog? So I packed up the car and we took a trip to a local farm where we got permission to feed the animals. It was fun to help with the horses, chickens and even a few pigs. It was so much fun; in fact, we took another trip later in the month to a local dairy for a tour.

#7 It’s a “Revolution!”

Think about the worst case scenario you can. What would you do if you didn’t have the comforts of life? That’s what got us thinking when we watched “Revolution.” How would we grow food if we couldn’t pop down to the local market? We started learning about “vertical gardens” and created our own food supply. Here’s a cool playlist from Youtube to give you a start on the subject.

#8 Scavenger Hunt

“American Digger” caught our attention with the crazy hunts they did. Mob money, fountain of cash, spoils of war? We decided to do our own digging. With a metal detector in hand, we took the kids to the beach. Unfortunately, we only found a handful of coins, a broken watch and 64 bottle caps, but we did have a fantastic time.

#9 Time to DIG!

If you haven’t seen “Time Team America,” you should check it out. It gave us the brilliant idea to round up the kids’ army men, tiny plastic animals and plastic figurines and create an outside adventure. Keeping the kids inside, I took a shovel to the sand box and dug deep. I buried the objects and then lightly hosed it down to make it heavy. Then we waited a couple hours and created our own excavation site. What a blast!

#10 “The Big Bang Theory” & Mentos

I rarely laugh more than watching Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj on “The Big Bang Theory” when their geekness overcomes them. Their brilliance, mixed with comic book/Star Trek obsessions, gave me the idea for a little science experiment of my own. Ever tried mixing Mentos with Diet Coke? This should be done in the back yard, on the lawn, with a 2 liter of Diet Coke (so it’s not sticky) and a package of Mentos.

What ideas from Primetime have inspired you to get out with your kids?

– Emiah Gardner is a writer for CableTV.com that spends her weekends with family, friends and the shows recorded on her Comcast DVR.

Guest Post – Jason Miner, 5 Activities To Keep The Kids Active During The Holidays

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familyThe holidays are a great time to relax and enjoy each others company but it’s an easy way to get bored and restless for kids, so the best thing is to keep them active. Keeping them active will help them stay happy and less irritable during the holidays. Cold weather tends to keep the family inside so here are some activities that don’t require a lot of outside time:

Walks: Now that the kids have all this free time, take family walks around the neighborhood in midday when it’s most warm. This will keep the whole family moving and create a perfect time for bonding and memory making. Don’t forget to bundle up and take the family dog!

Puzzles: Challenge their little brains and keep them thinking with picking out several large but easy puzzles. Clear off a table top and let them go to town on it. Not only do puzzles allow them to use their brains but will keep them quiet and busy for at least 45 minutes. That means more time for you to get done what you need to get done.

muffinsBaking: Instead of allowing the children to lie around all holiday break, get them active by getting them into the kitchen. Have them help you bake cookies and other yummy treats. Baking teachers children math problems, practice following the directions and allowing them to be creative. Depending on your child’s age you can also let them do the bigger meals and actually help cook.

Crafts: Grab the glitter, stickers and construction paper. This is a great time to allow the kids to create crafts together. Throw a large sheet down on the dining room table floor and let them go crazy. Inspire them with requesting crafts for the grandparents, like snowflakes and Christmas trees.

Forts: Indoor forts are the best! Grab all the pillows and sofa cushions you can, some empty boxes and blankets. Let the kids build a fort and once they are done, pop them some popcorn and make it a reading or coloring fort for them to hid and get cozy in. You may have to lend a helping hand to get them started, have fun crawling in with them!

Enjoy the holidays and every day the children are home from school, use one of these activity ideas to keep them busy: bake, make a fort, create holiday greeting cards, put together a puzzle or go for daily walks. Have a happy and safe holiday!

– Jason Miner plays a vital role for www.blogcarnival.com. He is an expert in writing topics of different categories. He is helping the carnival team to grow & working on making this an even better place for bloggers.