Summer sun can mean lots of outdoor lounging, but don’t let the light go to waste! Take this time to encourage your kids to get moving in the fresh outdoor air. Recent studies from CBC News show that children may be more physically active when their friends run and jump more. That means getting a gang together to engage in some activity will encourage them to be more active on a regular basis. Kids in peer groups that included others who were physically active were six times more likely to change their activity levels. Swimming, roller blading and skateboarding are a few fun group activities to get your kids’ energy levels up but why not play these fun biking games from Family Fun to put a little excitement into biking?
Using the side of a piece of sidewalk chalk, draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot-long chalk line on the sidewalk or driveway and challenge bikers to keep both wheels on the line at all times. Up the ante by giving each rider a penny and placing an empty soup can near the line’s midpoint. The player who can drop the penny in the can and successfully complete the course is king or queen of the road.
RIDE THE LINE
Draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot curving line and use a stopwatch to time riders. The rider who can stay on the line and complete the course the fastest wins.
After all of that activity, you’ll want to make sure that they stay refreshed and hydrated. Handstand Kids love the outdoors, but they’ll always find their way back to the kitchen. Try making this fun summer recipe from the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook with them in between play times!
Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies
6 ounces silken tofu, drained
1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half
1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)
2/3 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon honey
4 ice cubes
Tall drinking glasses
1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin. Discard the skin and seed.
2. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.
10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.
11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!
Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.
Got a favorite summer activity? Post a picture of you and your kids getting physical to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!