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16 August 2011

LazyTown: the TV show you want your kids to watch

Most experts advise against letting your child watch too much TV, but LazyTown is the exception to that rule. This is a TV show that you want your kids to watch.

Most experts advise against letting your child watch too much TV and there are numerous studies showing the problems associated with kids who watch TV for several hours a day. But LazyTown is the exception to that rule. This is a TV show that you want your kids to watch.

As the Creator and CEO (and character Sportacus), he passionately described how the challenge was to make the education about healthy lifestyles entertaining – but at the same time creative, smart and irresistible. He wanted story lines that were good and production values that were high, believing that kids shouldn’t be patronised.   

  • Find opportunities to be active. Try to centre family outings around a physical activity such as going ice-skating, or for a walk, or a bike ride in a safe place.
  • Encourage the children roller-blade / skate board / scooter while parent runs, or dance with them to their favourite song.
  • Go for walks around the neighbourhood or on a mountain, beach, or at the zoo and use it as an opportunity to have some quality time as a family.
  • Teach your child games you played as a kid – such as tag, hopscotch, and other traditional games.
  • For those who belong to a gym – take kids along – some of the gyms have great kids active programmes.
  • Encourage extra-mural activities that at physically active – but be careful not to over commit your child as they also need some ‘free’ play.
  • Try to give gifts that encourage physical activity: eg, balls, skipping rope, scooter, bicycles, swing ball, roller-blades, skateboard.
  • Be a role model – be physically active yourself.

  • Improved cognitive performance at school
  • Provision of a setting for kids to interact and socialise
  • It provides an opportunity to learn how to solve problems
  • Teaches kids how to learn to win and lose.

 
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