We're in England. I live with my husband and our 9 year old and 5 year old boys.
The eldest came out of school 3 months ago after flexi-schooling for a while and being generally unhappy with his schooling from day 1 of reception. The youngest came out a month ago, just because he wanted to and I thought that was fine.
I am new to the idea of unschooling long term as I thought it was just something we'd do until the eldest got over the negativity and hostility he encountered in school. But I've been reading round and listening to other parents and kids and I feel pretty optimistic.
One thing I'd like to change is their physical activity. I'd like to encourage the boys to get more physically active. They've never been interested in sports or ball games but they did get a good run around in the playground 5 days a week. Now we've got a play centre visit around once a week, ice skating once a fortnight and swimming once a fortnight. I'd like to get them out and about more.
They aren't interested in walking the dog. My husband works from home so they know that they don't have to go with me as they won't be left unsupervised.
They aren't interested in going for walks in the woods all that much, which I just can't understand?! We live right next to the most beautiful countryside but it's 'boring' unless there's a play-park there and if it's wet or cold or windy they'd rather not go at all.
They aren't bothered about riding bikes or scooters. They had skipping ropes that they took apart and hula hoops that they used in their junk modelling.
They'll play on the trampette sometimes or play with balloons or play games where they jump and run around a fair bit. On dry warm days they're happy to climb and run and play in the park, but the weather's changing and they wont' want to go soon.
Any ideas for helping them keep fit without having to fork out for more regular swimming/ice skating lessons? I'd like them to get at least an hour's physical exercise a day.
I'm tempted to get them roller skates to try to motivate them but it's too big an expense if they're just going to lie around unused (or get turned into planters!)