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Come Out To Play – Tips For A Summer Inspired By Play

This post is partnered with CafeMom and CLIF Kid.
Toms of Maine kidWhatever happened to get outside and play? To go outside and be gone all for an all-day adventure? The kind that created bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes? Adventures that included stories and memories.

I had those memories growing up in the mountains. We would play in a creek or ride our bikes as far as we could into the forest. We’d build forts and when it snowed our adventures included sledding and exploring that lasted all day long. It seems more than ever kids won’t have those experiences because play has been replaced with a lot of technology.

I have found with our daughters they are always happiest outside. We’ve always spent a lot of time in the summer playing and exploring outdoors and I hope this summer is another summer inspired by play!

clif kids playing

Tips For A Summer Inspired By Play

  • Get Outside – Leave it all behind and get outside! Inspire your children to explore with buckets and fort building essentials like a small rope.
  •  Go Camping – If you live in the city why not plan a camping trip? Find a creek to get muddy in, swim in the lake, take a hike or bike for hours and create simple memories. Camping is a simple summer adventure that packs a lot of fun outdoors!
  •  Host A Day of Play – Invite friends over and create an obstacle course with whatever you have to play with. Jump ropes, bikes, scooters, even hula-hoops are a lot of fun. Spend time encouraging your children to explore and play outdoors with their friends.
    After a long day of play you’ll need to fuel up. Bring healthy snacks and plenty of water. CLIF Kid wants kids to be kids and encourages families to feed their adventure and discover new frontiers in the great outdoors—parks, backyards and city sidewalks.

brooklin bikeAfter a long day of play you’ll need to fuel up. Bring healthy snacks and plenty of water. CLIF Kid wants kids to be kids and encourages families to feed their adventure and discover new frontiers in the great outdoors—parks, backyards and city sidewalks.

clif bar snacksTheir snacks are meant to nourish active kids so they can stay fueled and ready to play! CLIF Kid makes nutritious snacks for kids’ growing bodies with no high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial flavors.
CLIF Kid Products –

  • Zbar
    CLIF Kid Zbar is an organic baked whole grain snack made with a nutritious blend of complex carbohydrates, three grams of fiber, and three grams of protein to maintain kids’ energy.
  • Zbar Protein
    CLIF Kid Zbar Protein is a nutritious and delicious snack made with organic whole grains and 5 grams of protein for kids’ growing bodies.
  •  Zfruit
    CLIF Kid Zfruit is a tangy twisted fruit rope that is an excellent source of vitamin C and doesn’t need to be washed, cored, seeded, cut or refrigerated before eating – making it easy for kids to eat organic fruit snacks anytime, anywhere.
  •  Zfruit + Veggie
    CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie is a tangy, chewy organic fruit and veggie snack that is an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of fiber and makes snack time fun with its peelable twisted ropes.

That’s why CLIF Kid is reclaiming play. They’re dedicating themselves to getting boys and girls back outside to push their boundaries, feed their adventures and nourish their bodies and minds.

And it all starts with play.  Remember a Band-Aid is still a badge of honor. So inspire your kids to come out to play!!!

How are you inspiring your kids to get out and play this summer?

 

28 Comments

  1. Amanda on June 25, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Great pictures! Love the idea of taking the kids camping! Perfect summer play.



  2. Shannon Gurnee on June 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Getting our kids to play outdoors is super important. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing.



  3. Carly Brydon on June 24, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Getting outside and playing is so important for kids! We are planning on going camping for the first time as a family this summer and we can’t wait!



  4. Debbie L. on June 24, 2015 at 5:33 am

    We love the outdoors – we are headed out camping next week! FUN time!



  5. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert on June 24, 2015 at 4:45 am

    I love Clif bar products and grew up eating them as replacement meals in a pinch during high school sports competitions! We buy the Clif bar kids bars now for my oldest too. It feels so nostalgic!



  6. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert on June 23, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    My kids are going to be going to the park plenty of times this summer! I need to wear them out or none of us will ever get to sleep at night!



  7. melisasource on June 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Such great tips here! I really have to try those snack bars out!



  8. Veronica on June 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Looks like they are having a fun summer so far! Very nice



  9. Debbie Denny on June 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Love outside. Always take grandkids to the creek when they come.



  10. Crystal on June 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    We are loving summer so far. We went camping for Father’s Day and it was just perfect!



  11. Kate K (My Mommy Brain) on June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Well, today I took away all of their electronics and gave them a choice… clean your rooms or play outside. Guess which one won out, lol.



  12. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane on June 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I grew up in a time where you would get off the bus, drop off your books and run out into the neighborhood. The only rule was to be home by dark unless dinner was before that. I am big on outside play with kiddo. Sadly, right now, we don’t have neighbors as we live in the country in the middle of a corn field. Hopefully we’ll move soon.



  13. Felicia on June 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

    These are all such great tips. Getting the kids outside is super important.



  14. Jeanine on June 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Great tips! We love playing outside. In the summer we are rarely inside but lately the weather has been super weird here, we haven’t been getting out much!



  15. Mistee Dawn on June 23, 2015 at 1:04 am

    This is so true. Outside play is so important and we try to have outside play at least 30 minutes everyday. Weather permitting.



  16. Emily on June 23, 2015 at 12:42 am

    We love the CLif brand for kids. They are so easy for lunches, snacks, or even a breakfast bar if we need to!



  17. Theresa on June 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Thankfully, my neighbor has a pool and that encourages my kids to get out and get active. I don’t think I would tolerate them sitting in front of a screen all summer.



  18. Christie on June 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Looks like a perfect kid day to me! Keeping those kids outside and active is definitely important this summer!



  19. Marcie W. on June 22, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    We always enjoy staying active but do so more indoors via rec classes due to super high desert temperatures. Whether inside or out, good snacks are a must!



  20. Andrea Kruse on June 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Love watching my kids play outside. I think it is a big part of farm life. I seem to be the only one who likes going indoors! My kids are either out playing in the backyard or off looking for ripe fruit or veggies. The hardest part is keeping track of them all outside!



  21. Pam on June 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    My kids always enjoyed playing in the water. We would play with the hose or in a kiddy pool for hours.



  22. Liz Mays on June 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I really have to try the new CLIF snacks. The Zbar protein sounds like a good option for me!



  23. Toni | Boulder Locavore on June 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    My kids are on a summer swim team and are constantly in the water. We have also begun taking more hikes as the weather warms up.



  24. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle on June 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Where we live is all the inspiration we need. We have nothing but woods and creeks down here to play in and explore. It’s great.



  25. Robin (Masshole Mommy) on June 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    We get a season parking pass for the beach, so we will be out playing in the sand and water all summer long.



  26. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly on June 22, 2015 at 11:53 am

    If Band-Aid is still a badge of honor, then I was the most honorable kid on the planet when I was young! LOL 🙂



  27. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide on June 22, 2015 at 11:47 am

    We LOVE getting outside! I am so glad the weather is warm for us here in the ocean state! I love your snack ideas- I need to have better snacks for when we are outside all day.



  28. Dawn on June 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Just moving to Florida inspired out family to get outside. There’s so much to see down here.