Play Right: Summertime activities for kids

Back to school may be just around the corner, but there are still enough active summer days for New Jammies kids to enjoy fun activities, learn, and play – indoors and out.

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From airplanes and history to art and Native American culture, the topics museums showcase across the U.S. could keep a family busy, while learning, all summer long. Kids are like sponges, taking in knowledge as fast as they can, and the nation’s museums and interactive learning centers are perfect ways to teach our youth and have fun.

According to the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), approximately 850 million visits are made annually to American museums. That’s more than the attendance for all major league sporting events and theme parks combined (483 million in 2011).

“Museums tell important stories by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting objects, living specimens and historical records,” says the AAM’s website. “Museums help communities better understand and appreciate cultural diversity.”

For kids who love animals, zoos and aquariums are ideal options for boys and girls to learn about different species and ecosystems, and enjoy a fun, up-close look at the Animal Kingdom. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums website is a great resource for parents and caregivers to learn what zoos are doing around the country to help teach kids in a family-friendly environment.

Just this summer, Tiki the Giraffe turned 25 at the Oakland Zoo in California, the Indianapolis Zoo opened a new, state-of the-art orangutan center in Indiana, and tiny red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Get out and see what the country’s zoos have to offer in 2014.

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From outdoor water parks to a sprinkler in the backyard, getting wet in the summer sun guarantees a refreshing activity option for kids in the summertime. Going back to the idea that children are sponges, they can learn to swim with lessons at public pools and through youth swim clubs. They can perfect their back strokes in the country’s host of lakes, swimming holes, and rivers. Just remember, safety first, so wear a portable flotation device (PFD), also known as a life jacket, or water wings and flotation devices as needed.

Of course being outdoors in the sun, no matter what the activity, requires proper sun shading and protection to prevent sun damage and melanoma. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a significant part of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18.

WHO suggests these sun protection tips:

  • Limit time in the midday sun. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If possible, limit sun exposure during these hours.
  • Watch for the UV index. This helps in planning outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun’s rays when the UV Index predicts exposure levels of moderate or above.
  • Use shade wisely. Seek shade when UV rays are the most intense. Shade structures such as trees, umbrellas or canopies don’t always offer complete sun protection. Remember the shadow rule: “Watch your shadow – Short shadow, seek shade!”
  • Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for eyes, ears, face, and back of the neck. Sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection greatly reduce eye damage from sun exposure. Tightly woven, loose-fitting clothes provide additional protection from the sun.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15+ liberally and re-apply every two hours, or after working, swimming, playing or exercising outdoors.

Venture out there with the kids this summer and play right, so they sleep tight, in their 100% pure, natural organic cotton New Jammies pajamas. Have fun!

Eat Right: Kids gardening makes for healthy summer eating

New Jammies Pea Welcome to New Jammies new blog spot! At New Jammies, we live by the mantra, “Eat right, play right, sleep tight.” This blog is our chance to share the latest on kids’ nutrition, playtime, and bedtime/sleeping trends. We encourage information sharing and networking between our parents, families and caregivers who want to do the best for our next generation of little ones.

This summer, we hope everyone is enjoying a fun summer with the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, from garden to table. Kids love to learn, and home gardening is a great way to teach them about healthy eating habits, whole foods, and nature’s bounty. Plant the garden in the spring with the kids to teach them how to have a green thumb early on – and go from there.

In the summer months, encourage kids to be a part of the cultivating and harvesting with the adults. This will teach patience, responsibility and a sense of pride for starting something from scratch and watching it grow.

For those new to horticulture, the Internet is a treasure trove of information on youth gardening. The site www.kidsgardening.org is a perfect start to learn how family gardening can make a difference in a child’s life. On the site, there are family gardening activities, a garden guide, how-to projects and videos, and even a parents’ primer. July’s featured resource focuses on growing plants that attract butterflies. And we all know kids are fascinated when they see butterflies in action. They not only learn about flowers and plants, but specific science involving insects, i.e., pollination, life cycles and stages, and the interdependence of butterflies and plants.

There’s coaching on easy-to-grow nectar plants, butterfly garden seed collections and more. These Top 5 Tips for Gardening with Kids! are helpful in guiding parents and caregivers through youth gardening. A quick in-person visit to your local gardening center or home improvement store also is a hands-on approach to encouraging a love of gardening in kids. Helpful gardening specialists can answer questions and involve kids in the decision-making process of building a beautiful, healthy garden that can feed a family all year long.

Help create interest by equipping the kids with their own tools and accessories – such as tiny gardening gloves, watering cans and knee pads — so they really feel a part of the process. Encourage visiting and maintaining the garden as a daily activity, and, most importantly, make sure it’s fun.

Healthy eating habits and lifestyles are learned from producing home-grown, all-natural foods from scratch. Eating right leads to sleeping tight, and our 100-percent organic New Jammies products can help kids be passionate about good health and the environment. We believe in teaching the next generation how to improve our communities to be more sustainable and to respect Mother Earth. Who could ask for more?

Have a safe and happy summer!