The sun is shining and it’s going to be above 80 degrees here today and it’s only March. While this weather may not last it’s a great kick start to the topic of outdoor play. I love to be outdoors and so does my family but the reality is our kids are getting out side less and less. CLIF Kid®, the maker of organic snacks for active kids commissioned a Kelton Research nationwide survey of more than 1,000 parents and found that kids are getting eight hours less per week of outdoor playtime than their parents did. Our kids are getting outdoors less even though it’s healthier for them, Why? Play Outdoors posted an article that Kids who play outdoors on a regular basis have stronger immune systems, are more fit, experience reduced stress levels, and have more active and creative imaginations. So lets get them outside!
CLIF Kid knows the importance of a healthy life style and is promoting outdoor play by announcing their 2nd Annual CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest! This is a great way to jump start your children’s imagination, get them motivated to enjoy the outdoors and have fun as a family. CLIF Kid is asking kids ages 6-12 to submit their ideas for their very own backyard game for a chance to win $10,000, a Marin bicycle and Bell helmet, and a trip to San Francisco. Wow!
Entries must allow at least two kids to play together and you can use what you have at home, just be creative. Grab the balls, hula-hoops, buckets, bean bags etc. and have fun!
Richard Louv,best-selling author and outdoor play advocate, will be serving as the Chief Outdoor Officer for this years contest. The winning game rules and equipment will be donated to Children & Nature Network; The non-profit organization co-founded by Richard Louv to reconnect kids with nature.
Keep in mind no entries will be received after June 17, 2012. The top 6 finalists will be notified by email or phone then flown out to San Francisco where they will present their games to the judges. Check out the Official Rules.
Get outside, get healthy and get playing!!
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