As we jump into 2015 we are more excited than ever to continue providing programming focused on giving kids the tools to succeed in any sport and stay active for life. And we know that the key to this mission is physical literacy: the tools and confidence to move your body in a variety of environments. Experts agree that the pillars to developing physical literacy in our youngest athletes (0-6 year olds) is the balance between well-structured, developmentally sound programs (like Jump!) and as much - outdoor, ideally - free play as possible. Active play is important for everyone, especially young children (find out more from Active for Life). And while structured play (lessons and organized activities like Jump!) is important, unstructured play is equally valuable. We know that with everything parents and caregivers have on their plates it can be difficult to come up with new and exciting activities to keep your family active which is why, every single day in 2015, we'll be sharing a tip to help your family stay playful. That's right, we'll be sharing #365DaysofPlay with you starting tomorrow and we're pretty excited! As the weather outside's more often frightful than delightful we'll be focusing on keeping the whole family active even when playing indoors, starting with some classic games.
How will we come up with 365 playful ideas? We've put our heads together around here and we're off to a good start, plus we'll be calling on heaps of ‘play specialists’ but we could use your help. Be sure to check out Jump's Facebook page mid-January for instructions on how to submit your best family play ideas and be entered to win some great active prizes.
Here's to an active, playful year!
Cheers, Jen and the Jump team