Active Kids Play Manifesto

What ever happened to opening your back door and letting your kids run outside and play? Why are fewer and fewer of our children taking part in physical, active play? And more importantly, what are the results of a more sedentary lifestyle for our children?

These are tough questions that all of us as parents must ponder. Here at Kids Crooked House we believe passionately in the power of play. Today’s kids need every available reason to rush outside and engage in fun, active, imaginative play. Play is key to a child’s emotional, social and physical development.

According to the Alliance for Childhood, play helps children learn to interact with others, develop language skills, recognize and solve problems and, ultimately, discover their human potential. By exercising their bodies and minds through active play, kids gain the confidence needed to succeed throughout their lives.

Nurture your child’s imagination through play—take them for a walk, get outside and run around, play kickball or catch, hide and seek or jump rope. The possibilities are endless. We’ll do our part by providing creative wooden children’s playhouses designed to fuel your kid’s imagination and make your backyard a destination place.

A Kids Crooked House can be anything your child imagines—a base camp for a spy mission, a rocket ship destined for the moon or even a pirate ship on a journey to a new land. Let your children’s imagination run wild and their arms and legs will soon follow.

Active Kids Play Facts

We live in overscheduled, highly stressful times and our children are paying the price. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese — a number that has tripled since 1980. Over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate for preschool children aged 2-5 years has more than doubled and more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years.1

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. A new Yale University study reveals that one in four obese children in the U.S. has early signs of Type II diabetes, a type seen only in adults until recently. In fact, almost half of the children and adolescents now diagnosed with diabetes have the Type II form of the disease, which is strongly linked to obesity and lack of exercise.2

Diabetes is not the only issue related to childhood obesity, obese children may have greater difficulty with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, orthopedic problems, sleeping habits as well as self-esteem and peer relationships.3

According to the American Dietetic Association, active living at an early age begins a habit of lifelong physical activity and promotes a healthy weight. It also helps children learn a variety of body skills, mental skills and social skills — all of which develop when children have opportunities to move in their daily life.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds children who watch more television, eat fewer family meals and live in neighborhoods perceived by their parents as less safe for outdoor play are more likely to be overweight.

In addition to the numerous health benefits of active play, it also contributes to the cognitive, social and emotional well being of children. In fact, play is so important to child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.4

1. “Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2002“; Oct. 6, 2004

2. Dr. Barbara Struempler, Nutritionist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

3. HealthLink, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01-15-2001

4. “The importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds.” Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, American Academy of Pediatrics