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Why Girls Should Play Sports: 7 Key Benefits

Why Girls Should Play Sports: 7 Key Benefits Most people know that playing sports is great for kids, but did you know that girls reap specific health and mental benefits from playing sports? Here are four key benefits that girls gain from playing sports. Female athletes are more likely to be Academic All-Stars High school female athletes who play sports have a higher probability of earning better grades and a better chance of graduation. Research shows that girls with higher sports GCPAs have higher opinions about their abilities and competence. Sixty-one percent of girls in school with grades of 4.0 play sports in sports teams. Additionally, girls with sports participation also have higher grades. Sports teach you to fail A...

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How To Improve Your Child's Balance

  How to improve your child's balance It’s no secret that a strong sense of balance is important for kids. Balancing on one foot or walking a tightrope might seem like fun challenges for adults, but to kids they’re essential skills for everyday life. Whether your child is just starting to learn how to balance or needs some help improving their balance, these tips will help. BALANCING is such an important skill to help kids learn to control their body and have better experiences on the playground and in sports. With the right training, even the goofiest kids can improve their balance and coordination and have so much fun doing it. For the littlest kids, start with just balancing on one foot. Then...

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Indoor Winter Activities For Toddlers

Indoor winter activities for toddlers As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it can be hard to come up with things to do inside with your toddler. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Check out our list of indoor winter activities for toddlers that are both fun and educational. From art projects to imaginative play, there's something for everyone on this list. So get your little one bundled up and have some fun! 1. Create a Scavenger Hunt Children have curious minds. Put their creative energy to use with the help of an activity that will put their creative minds to work. Little ones love scavenger hunts that are one of the top indoor activities for...

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Best Unique Subscription Boxes for Kids Ages 3-6 | Pickup Sports

Kids love getting mail, and there's no better way to keep them excited about opening their snail mail than by sending them a subscription box every month. If your child is 3-6 years old, here are some of the best subscription boxes you can find. They'll get a new surprise package to open every month, and you'll never have to worry about running out of ideas for things to do together. So put on your adventurer hats and get ready for some fun!  1. Pickup Sports Subscription Box Okay, okay, we're a bit biased here, but parents really do think we're great! Ever wondered how to get your toddler into tennis? Pickup Sports offers starter kits for teaching kids about...

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How To Start A "Turkey Bowl" Thanksgiving Tradition With Flag Football

Are You Ready For Some Football?  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we're excited to get things back to normal with families getting together again this year. If you've got little ones at home and haven't started a football tradition yet, this may be the perfect year to start an Annual Turkey Bowl!  What is a Turkey Bowl?  Turkey Bowl is a game of flag football played every year on or around Thanksgiving morning. It's usually not super competitive, but just a fun way for families to get active before having a gluttonous day of eating and sitting the rest of the day. It's also a great way to get kids interested in Football. Young kids don't typically enjoy...

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4 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Be More Physically Active

Getting your children to be more physically active can be a challenge. Sometimes they just want to sit around and watch TV or play video games, but there are things you can do to encourage them in their physical activity! Here are 4 ways that will help your child get out of the house and into some fun activities that include being physically active! First, let's talk about how much physical activity kids need. As a general rule, kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. But there are nuances in that depending on age and the type of activity. Read more here about How Much Exercise Kids Need.  In order to get kids to get moving, here's...

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Sports-Themed Healthy Snacks for Your Kids

What's more fun than watching your kids play their favorite sport? Watching them eat healthy snacks that are themed with the game! These snack recipes will have your kids energized for all their games, practices, and matches. They're easy to make too- most are just a few ingredients mixed together. When you get home from your next big event, whip up one of these tasty treats and watch the smiles light up on everyone's face! Basketball Clementines Got a little basketball player? This is probably one of the easiest little snacks that definitely makes them smile! Just take a marker and draw on those Clementines! Guacamole-Hummus Kids love Guacamole and Hummus! Combine the two with this recipe from BruCrew Life...

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How Do You Teach a Child to Throw?

Throwing is fundamental to a multitude of sports and activities. If kids can throw reasonably well, they can participate in everything from frisbee and football to teeball and tennis. As this funny KidSport video shows, knowing how to throw could even save someone’s life!   Like most skills, throwing is not something kids are simply “born good at.” They have to learn, and play that provides plenty of repetitions is the best teacher. At the outset, a little instruction in basic technique helps, too. But in our experience with young kids, it takes many reminders over a long period of time before it comes naturally. Using "step & throw" words as reminders as noted below is a great way to remind them when you see them throwing incorrectly.  In order...

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Watching the Paralympics With Kids Creates An Inclusive Society

The Paralympics in Tokyo are currently underway and we are so excited to watch them with kids! It's a time when we can all cheer on the athletes together, as they show us what is possible. But it's also a great opportunity for kids to learn about different abilities. What are some of the challenges that people with disabilities face? How do people overcome these obstacles? Watching the Paralympics not only creates an inclusive society but helps promote acceptance in schools and communities.  Different cultures understand and accept individuals with disabilities (varying abilities due to the nature of physical or intellectual impairment), in distinct ways, often subject to countries and regions of the world. Watching the Paralympics can help shape these conversations with kids. ...

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