Trying to improve your child's grades? The solution may be found in sports rather than books. A recent article in Time magazine revealed the more moderate to vigorous exercise a child gets, the higher their test scores are. While there are a ton of options, it may be hard to find an activity your child will love. Soccer and basketball are great go-to sports, but these less common activities also provide plenty of exercise and fun.
This sport scores big with fans of the Harry Potter series. Quidditch, which uses elements of rugby, dodgeball, and lacrosse
, made it's way to the real world in 2007 when students at Middlebury College started playing on their quad. In 2010, after more campuses caught on to the craze, the International Quidditch Association was formed. While there are very few children's leagues, you can easily set up a Quidditch tournament
in your backyard.
Tae Kwon Do
Though karate tends to be the martial art of choice, tae kwon do offers an element of flash as well as fitness. Originating in Korea, the sport emphasizes the use of kicks that are set up through a series of spins and jumps. But don't worry about your little one using his tricks to harm others. Like all martial arts, tae kwon do teaches students to use the moves only in self-defense.
Trips to the pool don't have to end after Mommy and Me classes. By enrolling your child in weekly swim lessons, they will learn a skill that can keep them in shape for life. As an added bonus, they will learn to love the water and how to stay safe when they're in it.
Keep reading to discover more alternative active options for kids!