It’s important to keep kids moving no matter what the condition outside is. We have compiled list of 9 activities that will get your kids moving physically at home!
When kids get enough active play, there’s a marked improvement in their cognitive abilities, academic behaviour and overall attitude.
Here is a list of indoor activities kids can play to stay active
1. Freeze Dance
Who doesn’t like a good dance party? Shaking it off to a few favourite jams is a surefire way to get your kids off the couch. To brush up on listening skills, try freeze dance. The rules are simple: dance when the music plays and when the designated DJ stops the music, everyone freezes.
2. Balloon Volleyball
Make a net by tying a piece of yarn from one chair to another. Then blow up a balloon and start practising those serving skills! Change things up a bit by kicking or head-bumping the balloon.
3. Ping Pong Ball Catch
Get out those plastic cups and a few ping pong balls (or any small object that will fit in the cup) and have your kids toss the ball to a partner and try and catch it in the cup. Start out close together and then keep taking a step backwards to increase the challenge. For a single-player, they can simply throw the ball in the air and try and catch it.
4. Design a Driving Course
Design a road map on the floor for your kid’s collection of matchbox cars and those other mini vehicles we somehow all accumulate. Get creative and add other pieces to make a street scene or use furniture in the room as obstacles. The kids will be driving all over town all day long.
Make a simple hopscotch “board” and your kids will think it’s just the coolest thing!
6. Indoor Bowling
You will need a level space indoors to create a bowling “lane” for this game. Collect items to act as pins such as empty water bottles or plastic cups. A small ball works best for indoor bowling; nothing heavy is needed.
7. The Animal Kingdom
This game is quite fun and your kid will love to act like animals of the jungle. Ask your child to hop like a frog or walk like a penguin. Imitating the movements of different animals will develop his physical strength and he will even learn something or the other about the animals he imitates.
8. Sticky Spider Web
Use tape to make a web-like design on a doorway opening. Give your kids some newspaper to scrunch up and throw up at the web. Or get creative and use other light-weight objects like balloons. Have them count how many objects stick versus how many don’t for extra learning points.
Grab some laundry baskets or beach buckets and place them on the floor, stairs or hang from a door handle or hook. Make-shift your own balls with a wad of newspaper, bean bags, soft toys or rolled-up socks.
See who can make the farthest shot. Set-up lines of tape to see how many shots they can make from each one. Or set a timer for 1 minute and challenge them to make as many baskets as they can (running to retrieve the ball after each missed shot!).