It’s Car Week! Hands-on car themed activities for kids

car themed activities for kidsWhen you live in Michigan, home to Motor City, adding a car-themed week into your summer fun is almost a given. There is no shortage of car themed activities to do at home and in the area.

(Plus we are still super excited about the magic of cars after Caden’s Car Show earlier this month!)

So get your motors running and try out some of these car-themed activities with your kids this summer!

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Yoga for Kids

yoga for kidsChildren derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Have you ever noticed how flexible your child is?  Yoga is a fun way to help your child retain his or her flexibility, as well as to help work on strength and muscle coordination.

And the best part is, many of the moves we recommend for your kids are great exercise for you to do right alongside them!

So grab your yoga mats and let’s get started.

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Nectarine and blueberry crisp

nectarine and blueberry crispIt’s blueberry season!  That means you can find plenty of these delicious fruits for a good price at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

Blueberries are a great, healthy snack that kids love.  You’ll also find that fresh, plump blueberries can be a great addition to all sorts of baked goodies – and this summer we highly recommend trying this delicious nectarine and blueberry crisp from Rebecca Wauldron, Executive Chef at Busch’s Fresh Food Markets. 

Not only is it a delicious treat (everyone at our photo shoot gobbled it up, including the two kids!), but it’s also an MHealthy approved recipe!

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On painted wings: Butterfly activities for kids

Butterfly activities for kidsThe joy of watching a butterfly fluttering in the summer sun is timeless. Something you can probably remembering doing as a child and something your own children undoubtedly enjoy. Young children simply marvel at their beauty, while older children can truly appreciate the miracle of the butterfly’s transformation from egg to caterpillar to butterfly.

This week, let’s learn about butterflies native to Michigan with some fun butterfly activities.

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Running with children

Tips on how to introduce your child to running, even if you’re not a runner yourself!

Tips on getting started running with your kidsRunning is a great activity families can enjoy together. You don’t have to be a marathoner or even a running enthusiast to get started having some fun while being active with your family. It’s also a great opportunity to be a role model of living an active lifestyle. If you’ve never run before, start out slow and work up your stamina.

Here are some tips for getting started running with children:

How young is too young?

There’s no data that shows there is a lower age limit for starting running. That’s best evaluated on an individual basis. A good rule of thumb is to evaluate your child’s interest (they may need a little prompting at first, but remember, this is for fun, not training for the Olympics).

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