Keeping kids active when we can’t go outside can seem difficult when there are so many other ways of staying entertained with devices, games, movies, and toys. However, now more than ever, we should all make an effort to make sure we get our daily dose of movement!
Physical activity helps children stay healthy and happy, and since outdoor activities and group classes are not an option right now, we have some ideas on how to incorporate it into their day!
BEFORE GETTING STARTED, LET’S GET READY TO MOVE INSIDE:
- Provide your children with instructions on how to safely take out and put away equipment that they might use (balls, beanbags, etc.).
- Move any furniture with sharp edges out of the activity area.
- Make sure your children know that movement is limited in a small space.
- Anticipate where additional safety measures are needed and apply them.
- Review any family rules for throwing balls, beanbags, etc., and being active inside the house as you see fit.
READY!? NOW TRY THESE IDEAS TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED AND ACTIVE:
- Jump Rope- There are so many rhymes that can make jumping rope more than just physical activity! Kids can memorize these and sing along to them. Here are some fun ideas.
- Indoor Obstacle Course- Using furniture, or other items that are safe build an obstacle course for your kids. Add in specific mental or physical challenges to keep them guessing. This site takes you step by step on how to create your own using every-day house items!
- Animal Races- Hop like a bunny or frog; squat and waddle like a duck; and so on.
- Scavenger hunt- Write up clues and hide them around the house. Kids can race to find each clue for a small prize at the end.
- Dance- Whether it is freeze dance or a dance party, this is a great way of keeping kids active and having fun. We are currently offering pre-recorded dance classes and live virtual classes through Zoom. Click here to learn more!
To take a look at some free pre-recorded dance lessons visit our YouTube channel.