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A printable list of easy ideas for an active summer

During the hazy, slow days of summer, it’s easy to fall into a routine of inactivity. Sure, it’s nice to get a break from school and schedules for a while, but at some point, it’s also nice to get moving and keep everyone’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being in check.

If you or your kids are trying to figure out ways to be active each day this summer, simply print out this list: Recipe for an active summer [PDF]. Then pin it somewhere everyone can see! When in need, you’ll find some quick, simple things to do that require little or no equipment.

Just like the blending of simple ingredients can give you a recipe for developing physical literacy, these suggestions and ideas can give you the recipe for an active summer. From visiting a local pond or creek to climbing a tree or playing a game of freeze dance, all of these suggestions are healthy, fun, and simple ways to get moving.

Plus, we’ve grouped them together with themes such as Animal Friends, Exploring, Nature Lovers, and more to add a little more creativity to your days. 

Start by printing out this list, then share it with your family. You could try picking a new theme every week, or mix it up each day! 

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