Forget DVD’s, TV’s, and staying indoors. Check out these great “safe-to-play” outdoor activities just for kids. Don’t let cuts & scrapes slow ‘em down! Here's how to treat those summer scratches.
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When you play outside with your kids, set a good example and show them that physical activity is important. Let the dishes or e-mail wait. Join the kids for a walk in the park or on a nature trail, or jog alongside them while they ride their bikes.
Track and field day:
Invite neighborhood kids to compete in events like relay races, sprints and long jumps. Safety Tip: Be sure to race only on grass to avoid serious injury, and bring along some Neo to Go®, pocket-sized packets of Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment in case someone falls.
Remember, scrapes and cuts are a natural part of playing outside. Protect your kids by learning the “three c’s of wound care:”
• Clean: Wash your hands thoroughly before treating the wound. Or if you’re out and about and there’s no soap and water, reach for Purell® Instant Hand Sanitizer. Rinse the wound thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove germs, dirt and small stones.
• Coat: Apply an antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment, to the wound 1 to 3 times daily to help prevent infection and to minimize the appearance of scars.
• Cover: Keep the wound site covered with a sterile bandage to create a moist healing environment and check the wound daily to monitor healing.
Plant a love for gardening:
Encourage kids to dig in the dirt, water the garden, and choose which flowers should be planted where. Show them how to plant seeds, mulch bushes — even weeding can be fun.
Prepare a bubble mixture of six cups water, two cups dish detergent and ¾ cup corn syrup in a shallow pan several hours before use. Twist coat hangers into closed shapes for bubble wands (don’t forget the handle), dip the wand into the solution and move your arm through the air for beautiful bubbles.
Bring art out of doors by hanging an old sheet on a clothesline – or laying it on the ground – and “spray painting” it with a spray bottle filled with equal parts water and tempera paint. If there’s snow on the ground, use food coloring instead of tempera and decorate the yard.
Create a list of ten things that can be found outside with a little bit of concentration, such as specific leaves, feathers or bottle caps. The first child to return with all ten things wins.
Ramp up the fun of this childhood favorite by playing with water balloons instead of balls. Remember, the less full they are, the less likely they are to break, so be sure to fill them up to the MAX!
Organize a family bike ride:
Pick a route everyone can enjoy, pack a picnic lunch and make a day out of it. Remember that nothing prevents a serious head injury better than a helmet, so be sure that everyone is properly protected. Safety tip: Don’t forget to pack your Neo to Go to treat any on-the-road scrapes.
Mad for Mud:
Don’t forget that rainy days can be fun too. Get outside and build mud castles (or “bake” mud pies) and decorate them with leaves and sticks.
Chalk up the driveway or park walk with several hopscotch boards, and invite kids to compete for small prizes. For extra fun, try changing the shape of the boards — curve them, or make a circular board. Safety Tip: If kids scrape their knees, try Neosporin + Pain Relief Antibiotic Ointment; it not only helps prevent infection, but provides temporary relief of the pain or discomfort associated with minor cuts, scrapes and burns, so your little ones can get right back to playing.
Give each child a disposable camera and go for a hike in the local woods or park. Encourage them to take pictures of each other and of interesting things you see. You’ll inspire their artistic capabilities while spending quality time outdoors. Safety tip: There’s nothing silly about a serious wound that could leave a scar. To help prevent your child’s temporary “ouchies” from becoming permanent reminders, try Neosporin Scar Solution® Silicone Scar Sheets. These sheets employ the same Silon® technology used by plastic surgeons and burn centers to significantly improve the appearance of new and existing scars and to help prevent the formation of scars on newly healed wounds.
Pitch a tent, get out the sleeping bags, and tell ghost stories — all in the comfort of your backyard. Try to see if you can spend the entire night without going inside the house!
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