11 Ways To Help Your Kids Spend More Time Outdoors

11 Ways To Help Your Kids Spend More Time Outdoors

If you’re like a lot of adults, your favorite childhood memories probably include swimming in lakes and building forts in your backyard. That’s less true for children today. Only 6% of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own in a typical week, according to The Nature Conservancy.
Among preschoolers, almost half aren’t taken outside by their parents for a walk or playtime each day, says a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. That same study found that the factors affecting outdoor play probably aren’t what you’d expect. Family income, neighborhood safety, and hours spent watching TV had little effect. What mattered was having plenty of playmates and parents who exercised regularly. What can you do to help your kids spend more time outdoors? Take a look at these ideas for encouraging your children to go outside.

Benefits of Outdoor Play:

Build healthy bodies. Sun exposure provides Vitamin D, which builds strong
bones. Physical activity also promotes motor skills and agility.
2. Develop strong minds. Spending time outdoors has been found to stimulate
creative thinking, problem-solving abilities, and higher IQ scores. It’s good for
mental health at any age.
3. Connect with nature. Direct contact with plants and animals can help children
to understand and value the environment. They’ll be more likely to make responsible choices as they grow up.

Outdoor Activities Close to Home :

1. Add water. Kids love getting wet. Even if you can’t build an inground pool, you can spray the hose for your kids to run through.

2. Do messy crafts. Paints and markers can be tough on your living room furniture, but almost anything goes outdoors. Draw chalk game boards on your driveway. Create clay vases or paper mache animals. Fool around with face painting or tie-dying.

3. Eat al fresco. Meals give you at least 3 opportunities a day to pull up a chair outdoors. Serve breakfast on your deck and make lunch a picnic on the grass.

4. Talk with your school. Many schools have cut back on recess time. Advocate for recess, outdoor sports, and other programs that help students spend
time outdoors.

5. Limit hours online. While moderate TV time is usually okay, observe reasonable boundaries. Set a curfew on any screen time before bed, and limit internet usage apart from schoolwork.

6. Allow for downtime. How many activities are your children enrolled in? Block out hours for unstructured play in between dance lessons, language classes, and science labs.

Outdoor Activities Away from Home:

1. Take a hike. Walking and hiking are great exercises at little expense. Keep comfortable shoes in your car so you can go exploring when you come across something interesting.

2. Visit a park. Take advantage of local and national parks. Look up what amenities they offer like pools, fountains, and workout circuits.

3. Go camping. Invest in some tents and other basic gear to see if your family likes sleeping outdoors. You can plan longer and more adventurous trips as you become more experienced.

4. Plan active vacations. How many vacation days do you have saved up? Choose destinations where your family can spend significant time outdoors. Go snorkeling in the ocean or skiing in the mountains.

5. Ride your bikes. Take your bikes out for leisure trips or even to run some errands. Check out the bike trails in your community.

Help your children to enjoy the fresher air and unstructured play in the great outdoors. They’ll be likely to grow up happier and healthier and achieve more.


Peshawari Chappal

Peshawari Chappal

Peshawari chappal is a traditional footwear of Pakistan, worn especially by Pashtuns in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. The shoe takes its name from the city of Peshawar,where it originates from, while "chappal" is the local word for flip-flops.

Peshawari chappal is worn by men casually or formally, usually with the Shalwar kameez dress. Because of its comfort, it is used in place of sandal or slipper in Pakistan.It is a semi-closed footwear which consists of two wide strips where both strips are joined with the sole by crossing each other. The back side has also a strip with a buckle to tie according to the foot size and level of comfort. It is traditionally made with pure leather with its sole often made of truck tyre. It is available in many traditional designs and colors with various variations such as works of golden and silver threads, which give the shoe a more elegant look. Peshawari chappals have become increasinglypopular in other parts of Pakistan; even wearing them with jeans has become a fashion trend,


especially among urban youth. With the increase access of Peshawari Chappals through ecommerce websites it's now revitalizing with new designs in many cities of Pakistan and Dubai.

Peshawari chappals are made from soft leather which is sown onto the rubber tyre sole. The materials are cheap, easily available and very hard wearing. Intricate designs are added to the leather upper before the shoe is put into a mould which stretches it to size.

In March 2014, Peshawari Chappal became the center of a global fashion debate when Sir Paul Smith (fashion designer)made a similar shoe, which sold for £300. This prompted complaints on social media that this appropriated the culture and craft of its original Pakistan makers. Over a thousand petitioners used Change.org to ask the designer and U.K. government for remedy. As a result, the shoe's description on the Paul Smith website was changed to read that it was "inspired by Peshawari Chappal."


JUTTI or KHUSSA………A Traditional Footwear

The  Punjabi Jutti is a type of footwear common in Punjab and neighboring regions. They are traditionally made up of leather and with extensive embroidery, in real gold and silver thread as inspired by Punjabi royalty over 400 years ago. Prior to that, Rajputs of the northwest used to wear leather juttis Now with changing times different jutti with rubber soles are made available. Besides Punjabi jutti, there are various local styles as well. Closely related to mojaris. Juttis have evolved into several localized design variations, even depending upon the shoemaker. However by large, they have no left or right distinction, and over time take the shape of the foot. They usually have a flat sole, and are similar in design for both women and men, except for men they have a sharp extended tip, curved upwards like traditional mustaches, and are also called khussa

. Along with traditional dresses like sherwani or kurta pajama, juttis form the and some women’s juttis have no back part, near the ankle. Even with changing times juttis have remained part of ceremonial attire, especially at weddings, the unembellished juttis are used for everyday use for both men and women in most of Punjab Many Punjabi folk songs mention juttis, like Jutti kasuri peri na poori hai rabba sanu turna paiya…..

” there is a wide variety of juttis available for both men and women. are commonly also known as khussa, and they are now very popular in the West too. They are usually made of fine leather and are delicately embroidered with threads or beads. Some of them are handmade and have been embroidered beautifully.

These ethnic shoes were worn by wealthy ZamindarsChaudharyNawabMaharajas, and Maharanis of India (esp. Punjab), various designs showcased in this category are inspired by the Mughal era. All these are handmade by skilled artisans. Beauty, vibrant color and utility are combined in these juttis of India. Rich golden threads and colorful beads are used to craft exquisite motifs in order to impart a royal touch on these juttis made of different shades of leather. People prefer wearing them on traditional occasions like weddings quintessential accessory.


America’s Best value cars of 2013

Most savvy car buyers are aware that as soon as a new car gets driven off a dealer’s lot it immediately takes a dip in value. However, not all vehicles depreciate at the same pace over time. Wouldn’t it be great to know which new cars were likely to be worth the most when it’s time to sell? Automotive Lease Guide has been forecasting automotive residual values for more than 50 years, and is considered an industry benchmark for this calculation. For the past 13 years, ALG has been giving Residual Value Awards to vehicles and brands likely to retain the most value after three years of ownership. Let’s take a look at the winners for 2014.

Best cars 2013

Best cars 2013

The Jaguar F-TYPE is a cool-looking car, and the Convertible S model is even cooler — especially when it’s road-tested in the middle of winter, the way I did.

The car’s sleek exterior lines shouldn’t be marred by something as mundane as ordinary door handles. So the Jaguar F-TYPE uses what the British automaker calls “deployable door handles” that retract into the body of the car when not in use and pop out when needed.

If the car has keyless entry and push-button start like the Convertible S model I tested, you can just press the front of the recessed door handle and the doors will unlock and the handles will pop out. Pushing the rear of one of the handles locks the doors and causes the handles to retract. The handles also retract and become flush with the car at a certain speed.

For an F-TYPE without keyless entry, pressing the unlock button on the key fob causes the doors to unlock and the handles to pop out, and pressing it again locks the doors and hides the handles. On the car I tested, the side mirrors also fold in when the doors are locked since Jaguar hasn’t yet figured out a way to make those disappear — though that could be next.