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If You Don't Get Your Children Involved in Outdoor Games You Are Jeopardizing Their Well-being!

Outdoor games for generations were a natural part of growing up. Children played with their siblings, schoolmates, and neighbors. They were outside more than they were inside. That natural play was a vital process in healthy development of children. Today, children are becoming more and more hooked on television and computer games and don't even know HOW to play outdoor games. Granted, moms are not home like they were in past generations and our culture has suffered from that; however, we can still teach them in their rec programs and PE classes how to play.

Creative play of ages past helped children to develop executive functioning skills. Those skills are becoming lost in today's younger generation. One of the most important aspects of physical education is to educate children by letting them play naturally. When they are young we can supervise their play without organizing their play. We can also choice to play with them, even as they get older. Having an adult participate in games of kick the can, freeze tag, or capture the flag is a very beneficial thing.

The bottom line is we must get our children in the game. Get them involved in scouting, riding their bikes, play tag, or any other outdoor physical activity. You don't necessarily have to organize it but you can supervise it.

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Do you have a favorite game that you play or played as a child? Maybe you have a unique twist to an old favorite like capture the flag that others would want to share. Help us bring back lost childhood games or even spread popular new games that children can play in small or large groups.

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There are many games out there that children have played for generations. They were the way they interacted. It also seems that there were variations that may be regional in nature.

Games like capture the flag may have numerous variations or may not even be known in different parts of the country or in different countries. Yet, games like that can help children be active and stay fit. The same can be said for various adaptations of backyard baseball, football, or soccer. Hide and seek and tag can entertain children for hours while they run around and stay fit. The more choices children have the more likely it is they can find outdoor games to play with their siblings, friends, cousins, or even - yes, their parents!

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Outdoor Games