We are always looking to stay active and busy. I feel as a parent it’s important not just for health reasons to keep our kids active, but also for learning. When kids are busy they are training and learning something and how things physically move.
Whether it’s doing crafts, playing a sport, even reading a book, keeping kids busy is always good. Working on their technical skills and dexterity is just as important as their mind skills. Kids minds are making calculations when playing sports and comprehending the game to be involved.
I love having them learn and practice tennis because it is an active sport. With our fair weather here, it’s something that can be done year-round without worry of them getting hurt. *Don’t forget to always make the kids stretch it out before getting active.
But like with anything we do with our kids, they always need a snack. And as parents it’s our duty to either carry and bring snacks or stop at the store and waste money. Which adds up or in reality it doesn’t add up. Think of the costs to buy those snacks at the grocery store compared to individual units from a convenient store. Plus, the grocery store has water in bulk and fresh fruits and veggies of all kinds.
Our family loves Snyder’s-Lance snack packs because they have all our favorites. Brooklin loves Kettle brand chips and Synders Pretzel Pieces. Our oldest loves her Cape Cod Sea Salt and Vinegar and Late July Nacho Chipotle chips. They both love carrots and cut fruits. So, I could get in those different food groups while keep them satisfied and mess to a minimum. After we had a small snack we got them onto the court.
While they are not professionals, yet, we are still honing their skills. Having them out there holding the racquet and getting a feel is a good place to start for any kid. We are past that point of tossing the ball for them to baseball it and now they are starting to work on returning hits. But let’s say for the time they play, it’s at a snail’s pace for now. But with tennis getting a feel is important, and the best way to learn is to pick up a racquet, ball and find a court.
I will say tennis involves a lot of running especially at their age, which is what I like about it. The kids use their arms and coordination but also get their cardiovascular workout. So, after some active movement, we decided to enjoy our healthy and tasty food we easily brought with us. We stopped at our local grocery store and had what we needed in less than 5 minutes.
While my oldest daughter seems to have been born with the skinny gene, my 8-year-old must be shown what is healthy to eat and not and she is understanding it. While we do not ever want her to feel shame, we help her by showing her healthy options while also letting her enjoy what she eats. With Snyder’s-Lance snack packs, this is easy. Plus they are great for on-the-go, school lunches, or an afternoon at the park and tennis court. Right now, you can even download a coupon to try them yourself!
This is the other reason I love tennis is they love to hit the ball and run around. Plus, tennis courts are always at parks, such as this one here in Ralph B. Clark regional park in Fullerton, California. This park is neat because they have a fossil center and across the road they have real fossil that they have learning trips for kids to do. Which again we learned after finding this park for tennis.
What are ways you keep your kids active or what’s one of the neatest places you’ve found looking for active play for your kids?