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Active for Life

AUGUST 2017

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Sunny days offer countless opportunities for kids to be active, in and out of the water, and there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy. Make the most of it with our favourite tips and activities for this month.

Top stories

Activities and games for the summer cottage or camping

At the cottage (or cabin)? Camping with kids? Fresh air and water inspire kids to move but sometimes they still need a little help staying active. Here’s your go-to list of fun activities and games.

Study: Early swimming promotes early development

We all know that swimming is a life skill. Now science says that it also leads to better physical, cognitive, and linguistic development. Find out why swimming is such an excellent activity for young children.

Great ideas to raise happy kids

Jennifer Moss is a happiness expert. In a special contribution, she explains how the happiness model applies to families and how we - as parents - can help our kids be happier with a daily gratitude practice. Incorporate these tips now and start the school year off happier!

Make sure your kids have the skills to move with confidence in the water

Being physically literate means being able to move well on land, on snow and ice, in the air, and in water. Part one of a four-part series explains aquatic literacy: what it is, why it’s important for kids, and how to encourage it.

6 lawn games and activities to try this summer

Looking for fun games to play at the next family get together? These (mostly DIY) lawn games and activities are terrific for both kids and adults and can be played wherever there is a bit of green space.

Role model spotlight

Gaby Estrada

Gabriella (Gaby) Estrada is an athlete, a coach, and a passionate active mentor for girls. Get to know Gaby and help us welcome her to the #AfLfamily.

Featured activity

Jump

Knowing how to jump comes in handy for lots of sports and activities. Get kids laughing and jumping with these silly gifs that show 13 variations on this skill.

Link of the month

Getting kids’ sleep back on track now means things will be a lot easier in September. Sleep consultant Alanna McGinn talked to CTV about how to help all kids go from sporadic summer slumber to a consistent sleep routine, whether they are about-to-be-kindergarteners or teens.
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