Vitamin D is important for all human beings to get, but are we getting enough, and are the children getting enough as well?
Every chance you get, whenever it's sunny, go outside with the kids and do something fun, it'll benefit them and you.
Whenever it's nice outside (not too hot) I take my brother and sister outside or if I'm at my Dad's, I take my two brothers outside and we play some games out in the sunlight.
1). Birds Nest: You gather a whole bunch of items (like toys) and put them in the middle. Each person has their own "nest" and once you countdown from 3, you all run into the middle and grab one item and bring it back to your nest. The aim of the game is to see which bird has the most amount of items acquired in their nest.
You can also run to somebody else's nest and grab something from theirs only if they aren't there. This is a really fun game and can only be played outside due to the amount of room you need. However make sure the kids understand that it is just a game and no one is to get upset. I've had to deal with so many upset little ones over this game but it's truly a great fun game to play.
2). Kicking the ball around - Simply just playing a bit of kick to kick will give you enough exercise for the day and it's also a lot of fun and good to play out in the sunshine. My brothers and I enjoy kicking the football or the soccer ball out in the front yard where there's more room. Even better if they have some friends that live in the area that can come and play too, the more the better. Also be careful of cars and make sure the ball doesn't damage anybody's property or goes into the neighbour's yard.
3). Going for a bike ride or walk - Great exercise, a simple stroll or ride around the neighbourhood or even in your own street is a great way to pass the time on a Sunday afternoon or whenever really. Always lovely to go when it's nice and sunny and warm, make sure the kids follow the road rules if you're walking and get them to wear a helmet and safety gear if they are going on a bike, scooter or skateboard.
4). Picnic - A fun way to enjoy a little afternoon snack or some lunch. Kids love having picnics and if you have spare time or it's a weekend, this is a great way to socialise and spend time with the kids. Grab a nice blanket, prepare some snacks to eat (sandwiches, popcorn, fruit pieces, carrot and celery sticks, anything that you want to eat) grab a jug of water, paper plates and paper cups and then sit down to a lovely picnic out in the front or back yard.
My brother and sister enjoy doing this and think it's more fun than sitting at the table inside. We do this generally every second weekend on a Sunday; we grab some snacks and chill out outside. I sometimes then read them a story or we just lie on the blanket and look up at the clouds. My sister once even had a little snooze. It's just so relaxing and a great way to get natural sunlight.
5). Read stories together outside - Not a lot of parents or guardians have much imagination when it comes down to fun things to do with the children. The majority of them think sticking them out in the lounge room with their DS is going to make them happy, but the truth is that kids don't want to be zombies all day. They actually want to do something different and spend time with their parents and older siblings.
My sister and brother love going outside, on the trampoline or out on the seating area and we all read stories out loud to each other. Usually just picture books, even though we were a bit old for picture books, the stories are still nice and they still enjoy reading them. If kids get used to reading and stories from a young age, it won't be as hard to get them to keep reading as they get older. We can do this for at least 2 hours, and sometimes we will go inside first, write a story each of our own and then read it out to one another. They love being creative and then sharing their work.
Always remember to get the kids to wear sun screen and a hat.