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Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:03
by CherryPop

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:11
by Seriously_Nutty
Always helpful..... :wink: Kat has seen the light so clearly I talk sense.....

Besides it's a 'moderate' issue so surely only 'moderate' change is required. There's no need to crack a nut with a sledgehammer after all.... You don't need to suddenly start introducing all manner of after school actives IMHO. Just take their scooters and scoot home if it allows them to play around the park a bit more...

You can be very fit and healthy but still register as overweight on a government chart so follow your instincts and try not to worry too much.

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:17
by StJuniper
P sometimes plays balance beam indoors on a length of 2x4 or a strip of masking tape. I've seen on Pinterest to make a "web" of masking tape for kids to navigate.

I'm terrible, P has been outside like, four times this winter. But it really is too cold for R to be outside and I didn't have the energy in my last two months of pregnancy.

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:27
by Tintin

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:33
by blackberrycrimble
Yet again I am reminded how they are all different. I don't think Fluff has ever asked to do an after school activity that wasn't suggested to her (she asks to do things like start up a hairdressers instead, that was this morning's idea...). So mostly I wait until they ask to do something!

Yes, you are all right, I'm overplanning and overthinking again, thank you. A bit of scooting and making sure we are getting out a lot at the weekend is the place to start.

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:37
by A_W
If she has meltdowns after school I'd forget the idea of an activity planner and just go with the flow. If it's nice after school go to the park for a bit. But otherwise, go home. At weekends go swimming once or have a nice walk. I'm sure in a few months you can review this and add more things but I think you should stop worrying and trying too hard. Lots of children sprout upwards around 5-6 age. Several of H's friends who were a bit larger in FS2 are now are much taller and skinnier this year. They do more at school and I think we expect too much of such lo's.

H does PE twice a week at school and one lot of multi skills in lunchtime on one of those days too. She has Tuesday's and Friday's with nothing. Wednesday is cookery club and Thursday is gymnastics. Saturday is swimming lessons. There is no way we could do any more. That's 4 days a week with specific exercise. She runs around the playground 3 times a day too and always runs around in the am and pm at drop off/ pick up. If we were to add anything it would be a musical instrument lesson. Sundays are rest and homework day and in the nicer months we go for walks.

Do you have to get them to wear clothes that are much bigger in age size? Are they so tight they can't wear them?

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:48
by blackberrycrimble
After Easter S will be allowed into the main playground at break times. Our school keeps them in their reception play area (which is well equipped but not for full on haring around) until then, mostly, which does annoy me a bit. Last year F needed to burn off energy before that, and now S could benefit from it.

A_W, thanks. It is just S who is a bit bigger than she should be. fluff is a lean mean bouncing machine. Sybil is 5 next month, and is currently wearing 4-5 and 5-6 clothes. She still fits into 4-5 but if I'm buying for her now I buy 5-6. Which is the same size F wears mostly. I know that half the issue is that I see them side by side. S is shorter but weighs more.

Eta she is 75th percentile for height so some of it is just that she is taller than average too.

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 13:53
by busmother

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 14:16
by CherryPop
DS is 5 in March and has been in 5-6 since a big growth spurt in Oct/Nov time. I don't know if they've done the measuring thing at school but we haven't had a letter. He's always been above the 98th centile, and nobody has ever mentioned anything about his weight (although looking back through his red book, the HVs always wrote 'Excellent weight gain noted' which I now wonder if it was code for 'Blimey, keep an eye on this one!'). I recently put him back onto full-fat milk/yoghurt/peanut butter etc as he'd lost weight when I weighed him on the Wii fit board (though I don't know how accurate that is). In light of the recent stuff about full-fat things I'm glad I did that regardless.

All that blathering is just me trying to further say don't stress too much about it ;)

Re: Keeping children active in winter

PostPosted: 04 Feb 2014, 17:23
by A_W
A bit of extra weight is essential in Yorkshire for keeping warm in the winter. I'm sure S will make up for it in the summer. I'm also very shocked that S_N did not suggest a trampoline!!!!! :-)