Summer is still in full swing here in Alberta. We’re one month in and Evan is starting to get a bit antsy. He’s been playing a bit more iPad on the couch than I’d like. I realize that he loves his screen time but I love him to get some exercise. Can there be a happy medium? Can tech entertain while also getting them active? Here are XXX ideas on how to use tech to get kids outside and active.
- Pokemon Go – Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. There can be negatives to Pokemon Go BUT there are also positives. To hatch a Poke Egg, you MUST walk. I have never seen my son walk so many kilometers without complaining in my life. We do at least one big “Poke Walk” per day. It’s great to get all of us moving. Pokemon Go can also be a great way to Teach Teamwork and start conversations around being aware of your surroundings, not trespassing, etc.
- tgoma from Springfree Trampolines – Have you heard? Springfree Trampolines has a new gaming system called tgoma that makes YOU into the game controller. Sensors on the trampoline pad work with the free tgoma app on your tablet making your jumps control various games. Evan has been trying this out and he LOVES it. His favorite games are Fruitants and Math Hopper but he also loves to see how many times and how high he’s jumped on tgomaFit. Another really great part about tgoma is that it doesn’t use data (ahem…Pokemon Go) and you don’t have to worry about your child wandering off…they have to be on the trampoline to play. Plus Springfree Trampolines are the safest on the market so win, win, win.
- Meet the Insects Forest Edition – Evan loves to explore and hunt for bugs. Inevitably, though, he turns to me and asks what the bug he found IS. Um…I dunno. Thankfully, there is an app for that! Meet the Insects is a family of apps that teaches kids all about bugs. From Latin names, to what they eat to where they can be found. It is the perfect blend of education and age appropriateness without being too kiddie. They also have a few other versions. I noticed on iTunes that you can buy them all as a discounted bundle instead of separately if you like.
- Geocaching – We used to geocache as a family years ago. I’m not sure why we stopped. Most likely because our GPS stopped working and was a pain in the butt to use. Now we are getting back into it because you can get a Geocaching app right on your phone. No need for an additional GPS! Now we’re gathering up our swag for the Geocaches and hitting the trails. The original hidden treasure game that kids LOVE mainly because, while it uses tech, you find real and tangible things.
Here’s Evan using our Springfree with tgoma….
and you can see my segment on Global Morning Calgary talking tech and kids….