The topic of ABC and 123 Picnic this week is “Jump, Skip & Hop” about physical activities and outdoor games. I have to admit that we haven’t done anything special to encourage physical activity except one thing that is absolutely crucial in my mind: limiting all forms of electronic entertainment to no more than 30 minutes a day. On most days she has none and doesn’t appear to be missing it.
I cannot claim that our girl is especially active. She loves to read books and play with her toys. But her latest motto is a title of this post – it’s a modified phrase out of Swimmy book. She wants to run and jump and see things. All we need to do is to get her outside or start a game of “hide the toy” or “hide and seek”. It’s easy for us to spend some time outside practically every day of the year – we live in a sunny and mild climate of Northern California. Usually we hang around our backyard in the afternoons, visit a neighborhood playground or go to the pool. Usually my husband and I goes hiking with her every week. She still prefers to ride in the backpack, but she is able to walk for a while when she is in a mood for this. We didn’t sign her up for any organized sports classes and don’t plan to do so in the next couple of years. If we go for anything, it will be dancing, she keeps saying that she wants to learn how to dance. She won’t learn it from me – I am born with two left feet. Watching her move to the music I suspect that she inherited this, but I would love for her to be able to enjoy the music and to dance. Only the time will tell.