Summer is the perfect time for children to practice and move their large muscles in their arms and legs. Backyards, driveways and parks provide open areas for gross motor activities. But often I hear (from other mothers and from children) the annoying cry - “I’m bored!” I would often tell my children to “go outside and find something to do” when I heard that complaint. That worked pretty well thirty years ago, but I know that times have changed. Children now often find “something to do” that involves a media screen and very little movement. So parents may need to take a more active and direct approach to encourage children to move their bodies and hone gross motor skills. Here are ten ideas that will make moving fun for kids - even when it is warm and sticky outside.