Tips For A Summer Inspired By Play

Kristin's daughter

Whatever happened to get outside and play? To go outside and be gone all for an all-day adventure? The kind that created bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes? Adventures that included stories and memories. 

I had those memories growing up in the mountains. We would play in a creek or ride our bikes as far as we could into the forest. We'd build forts and when it snowed our adventures included sledding and exploring that lasted all day long. It seems more than ever kids won't have those experiences because play has been replaced with a lot of technology.

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I have found with our daughters they are always happiest outside. We've always spent a lot of time in the summer playing and exploring outdoors and I hope this summer is another summer inspired by play! 

Tips For A Summer Inspired By Play

  • Get Outside - Leave it all behind and get outside! Inspire your children to explore with buckets and fort building essentials like a small rope. 
  • Go Camping - If you live in the city why not plan a camping trip? Find a creek to get muddy in, swim in the lake, take a hike or bike for hours and create simple memories. Camping is a simple summer adventure that packs a lot of fun outdoors! 
  • Host A Day of Play - Invite friends over and create an obstacle course with whatever you have to play with. Jump ropes, bikes, scooters, even hula-hoops are a lot of fun. Spend time encouraging your children to explore and play outdoors with their friends. 

After a long day of play you'll need to fuel up. Bring healthy snacks and plenty of water. CLIF Kid wants kids to be kids and encourages families to feed their adventure and discover new frontiers in the great outdoors—parks, backyards and city sidewalks.

Their snacks are meant to nourish active kids so they can stay fueled and ready to play! CLIF Kid makes nutritious snacks for kids’ growing bodies with no high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial flavors.

  • Zbar 
    CLIF Kid Zbar is an organic baked whole grain snack made with a nutritious blend of complex carbohydrates, three grams of fiber, and three grams of protein to maintain kids' energy.
  • Zbar Protein 
    CLIF Kid Zbar Protein is a nutritious and delicious snack made with organic whole grains and 5 grams of protein for kids' growing bodies.
  • Zfruit
    CLIF Kid Zfruit is a tangy twisted fruit rope that is an excellent source of vitamin C and doesn’t need to be washed, cored, seeded, cut or refrigerated before eating – making it easy for kids to eat organic fruit snacks anytime, anywhere.
  • Zfruit + Veggie
    CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie is a tangy, chewy organic fruit and veggie snack that is an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of fiber and makes snack time fun with its peelable twisted ropes.

That’s why CLIF Kid is reclaiming play. They’re dedicating themselves to getting boys and girls back outside to push their boundaries, feed their adventures and nourish their bodies and minds. 

And it all starts with play. Remember a Band-Aid is still a badge of honor. So inspire your kids to come out to play!!!

How are you inspiring your kids to get out and play this summer?


Parenting blogger Kristin Lesney writes Our Ordinary Life alongside her husband Del. On this website you will find everything from family friendly recipes, reviews of products, fun family giveaways, and places to visit.

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