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Ready for an active and healthy holiday season with your family? We’ve got you covered with this month’s top stories and tips.

Top stories

AfL’s top active toy picks for the 2018 holiday season

Once again, we’ve done the research to find the best active toy picks for the babies, toddlers, and school-age kids in your life. These active games and toys will get you and all the kids on your list moving, developing skills, and having fun.

Active for Life is partnering with bestselling parenting author Ann Douglas

One of Canada’s most trusted parenting authors is teaming up with Active for Life. Ann Douglas shares tools, tips, and research from her forthcoming book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids that will help you stick to your resolution to become a more active family. Mark your calendars for Ann’s first article on December 31 and then a new one every Monday in January!

Start a polar bear club at your child’s school this winter

Does your school keep your kids indoors for recess when you’d rather they play outside, despite the winter weather? Why not propose a polar bear club for your child’s school?

Does your child care centre encourage risky play? Here’s why it should

It’s becoming increasingly accepted that kids need risky or adventurous play for healthy learning and development. Maybe your kids get a good dose on the weekend, but their child care setting might be a different story. Here are some questions to ask to see if your child care centre is prioritizing adventurous play.

MP tables federal bill to study children’s fitness and physical activity

Do you believe that the federal government needs to study the fitness and physical activity of Canadian youth? If approved by the House of Commons, that would be the result of a new motion put forth by MP Kyle Peterson.

Featured activity

Winter break bingo

Looking for a way to keep your children active over the holidays? Try this fun winter break bingo game and watch as the kids challenge themselves and each other to keep moving.

Link of the month

Are you familiar with Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child? It was created to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play. Watch this short video, as it joyously shows how “play is absolutely fundamental to childrens’ physical, social, mental, and emotional development.”
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