Children are more likely to be active during free-play than in any other part of their day – even PE lessons. That’s according to research by the British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) and Loughborough University, which found that playing for 30 minutes could involve as much as double the activity levels of a standard games lesson.
To help parents harness the power of playtime, celeb mum-of-three Kym Marsh has got on board with the campaign to get kids active. According to the survey, The Active Play Report, a fifth of dads and nearly a sixth of mums want to help improve how their children play.
So Corrie actress Kym has helped create a free ‘Make Time to Play’ video online, with easy tips to help you get your children active and healthy.
- Use toys that increase heart rate such as space hoppers, hula-hoops and dance mats
- Don’t direct you child’s play – let them take the lead
- Rotate your child’s toys to keep them interested for longer
- Encourage make believe worlds
- Don’t let the rain spoil you fun – just use wet weather gear