Remember those hours of jumping rope, shooting marbles, and one-footing it through a hopscotch grid? Todays kids are a lot less likely to experience these pastimes. In fact, theyre less likely to do much of anything that doesnt involve electronics. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), our grandchildren are four times less active than we were as kids.
Some other troubling stats:
- The average child gets more than seven hours of “screen time” daily. (The AAP recommends one to two hours)
- Just one in three U.S. children is physically active every day.
- One of every three U.S. kids is overweight or obese.
Whats a grandparent to do? Play! Get your grandkids up and moving by teaching them pastimes from your childhood.