We are starting to get to the time of the year where the weather is a bit unpredictable. We’re destined for cooler days and rain from out of nowhere. Even though it may not be the best environment to have the kiddos outside to get active, there is still definitely a need for that!
When kids stay active during the cooler months of the year, it allows them to stay fit, but it also lessens the gap of specific athletic skills lost.
Here are four ways to get your kids active and moving while indoors:
- Verb Races: Put verbs (such as: run, hop, skip) on notecards. For one child, see if they can beat their own time or race you. For multiple kids allow them to race each other or do relay style races. Find all the instructions for this activity here.
- Ball Throw & Measure: Collect different sports balls that you have laying around. Have the child stand in one spot to throw them all. Then measure and compare the difference between them. You can print a worksheet to further this activity.
- Obstacle Course: Use things like chairs, table, blankets, pillows, boxes and other things you have around the house to make an obstacle course. The great thing about this? You can change it up for variety or to make it more challenging. Check out how to even include learning!
- Gross Motor Bingo: Create bingo cards with gross motor skills that your child can do. For example: plank, ski jumps, and high knees for more skilled kids; or actions like big steps, jumping, or arm circles for younger kids. Then, play a game of bingo! Grab printable bingo cards to start playing now.
Indoor activities like these will help your kids stay moving through the winter months. It won’t matter if it is rainy, snowy or cold! These are all things you can do with your kids inside with things you already have at home! Keep everyone moving this fall and winter!
Tell us in the comments below: What do you do with your kids to keep them active during cold or rainy days?
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