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Kids Watching BubblesAll kids should strive to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Encourage recess at home to help reach these minutes! Recess at home is designated time outside of school where students have opportunities for unstructured play. It’s a great time for parents to join in physically active games and activities with their children as well.

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Kids and adults to move throughout the day to maintain good health. Encourage recess at home to encourage regularly physical activity and moving together as a family.

  • Tell students and families about recess at home. Discuss why sitting less and moving more is important for good health, and how recess at home can contribute!
  • Invite families to participate during recess at school on occasion to spend time with their children and share in the recess experience.
  • During events and parent meetings, invite your PE teacher to attend to teach parents about easy physical activity games they can play with their children at home.
  • Share these creative ideas for activities the family can try during recess at home.
  • Encourage families to:
      • Set goals. For example, “Schedule 20 minutes of family recess at home this weekend.” Ask students to journal about the activities they played or reward them with healthy incentives for being active.
      • Choose activities the family already enjoys. Or, have each family member pick a special activity on a rotating basis.
      • Alternatively, try a new activity together! A new dance form, sport or game might will make families laugh, create new memories and perhaps learn use a “new” muscle!

Tips

Not sure where to start? Go for a family walk for recess after dinner. Walking is the simplest way to start being physically active, it costs nothing to get started!

Schedule recess, just like schools do. Identify 20- to 30-minute time slots during the week. Choose times of the day or week when everyone is most likely to stick to the schedule and reschedule instead of cancelling if you experience a conflict. Post your schedule on your refrigerator.

Share your ideas and activities with friends and relatives and invite them to join! Consider scheduling a recess at home activity while everyone is together during holidays and vacations.

Include warm up and cool downs, when necessary. Spend about five minutes before and after recess to warm up and stretch. This is good role modelling for future exercise routines.