(Family Features) The great outdoors are full of wonderful adventures for kids. If you want to encourage your children to get active, try to make sure they have positive experiences. It's always easier to get them engaged when past adventures are full of wonderful memories.
Great experiences are safe ones. Here are a few tips to keep your kids healthy and happy during their adventure:
Bring a friend: Whether they are playing at the park or just exploring the neighborhood, kids should always bring along a friend. Remind them that even their favorite television characters often travel in pairs, such as Dora the Explorer and her best friend, Boots. It's not only safer playing together outside, it's much more fun. Learn more at www.fisher-price.com.
Be careful where you explore: Make sure your children familiarize themselves with their surroundings so they are comfortable biking, skating or exploring. Never let them play in the street - even if a pet or toy goes into the road.
Wear protective gear: Some adventures require special gear, like biking, skateboarding and roller skating, in order to enjoy it safely. Make sure your child wears a helmet, kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards when skating and biking.
Be prepared: Bring a backpack with essentials, such as water, healthy snacks and sunscreen.
Warm up: Before your children leave for a long bike ride or skate in the park, have them take the time for a few simple stretches. Athletes know this is the best way to avoid an injury or future aches and pains.
Keep it clean: After a fun time discovering new adventures, make sure children wash their hands to get rid of any germs. Parents, be on the lookout for any bumps, bruises, mosquito bites, ticks or sunburns, as kids tend to get wrapped up in the fun.
The best way to get your children to step away from the television and kick start an adventure is by setting a good example. For younger kids, toys like the Spin & Skate Dora & Boots doll help promote everyday adventures with interactive roller skating moves. With matching helmet and knee pads, they also remind children to always bring the proper adventure gear along. Get out there with them to enjoy hiking, biking, roller skating and kayaking. They will quickly learn that exercising and exploring is a great way to stay healthy and happy.Photo courtesy of Thinkstock