Children more active in playtime than PE lessons

Celeb mum Kym Marsh encourages parents to help their kids make the most of playtime, after new research reveals PE lessons aren’t enough

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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.

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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.

Kym’s tips:

  • 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
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