06/01/2011 08:20 am ET | Updated Oct 05, 2011

6 Ways To Get Kids Outside And Moving This Summer

While children count down the days until summer, one question looms large for their parents: "What are they going to do?" Summer should be a time for roaming, discovering and running outside -- but unfortunately, for all too many kids, more free time means more screen time and more structured activities.

It's up to you to ensure that your kids get a healthy daily dose of unstructured outdoor play. Here are six ways to get your children moving, nurture their creativity and provide them with all the rich learning opportunities that outdoor play presents. In the process, you'll meet new neighbors and contribute to a nationwide movement to save play.

To learn why outdoor play is so important to your children's health, and to get more ideas for bringing play to your neighborhood, check out my New York Times bestselling book, "KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement To Save Play."