Daniel Donahoo (digital learning advisor): So there are a range of things that you can do that allow us to bring technology into our physical activity.
For children of any age, you could choose some videos or some apps that encourage them to dance or do yoga or any kind of physical activity. There may be some of those gaming consoles that encourage them to do sports simulations and get them moving about while they’re playing games on technology.
You could video your child learning a new skill, like hopping or riding their bike or doing some skateboarding, and then you can play that video back to your child so they can see themselves learning. You can plan a walk with your child using a digital map and, while you’re on that walk, you could use the camera to take photos of the things that you see that are interesting, and then, when you bring them home, you can use those photos to talk with your child and reflect on the things that you saw and how much fun that you had on that walk.
A timer on your phone can create a fun physical activity. You could set up an obstacle course. You could go down to the local park and have your child try and complete the course or run around the edge of the park and time them and see how fast they can go.
Just because children live in the 21st century in this technologically-rich world doesn’t mean that they can’t lead an active physical life.