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Parents, we understand. We know how difficult it must be to keep kids inside for long periods of time. The combination of their energy and the lack of physical stimulation indoors can be quite exhausting. For everyone.
But no need for that!
During this lockdown or on a snowy, cold winter day, fight boredom with these indoor activities!
Ask them to think about objects around the house that start with each letter of the alphabet (Apple, Banana, Cup…). Give them 10 minutes to find them and put them inside a basket or a bag. This will not only exercise their body but also their brains!
Although this game has been around forever, it never gets old!
Ask your kids to do all sorts of movements (think about animal movements or dramatic actions). You can tell them to jump on one foot, run in place… Get creative!
There are a lot of resources available online. You can find a lot of videos that will help your kids exercise while having fun and learning.
Here are some examples of YouTube channels and videos for getting your kids up and moving:
You can find a wide variety of different channels and videos online, find out which one your kids like the best!
Place some “islands” around the floor (use cushions, old newspapers…) and have your kids jump from one to the other without falling into the “water”. Every time they do fall, ask them to jump three times on one foot as an additional challenge!
Ask your kids to repeat all of your movements. Jump, stretch, run in place… the exercise doesn’t really matter as long as it keeps them moving (Parents can benefit from a bit of exercise too)! Make it fun by switching roles every 5-10 movements. Kids love it!
There are all sorts of different games that can be played with a balloon. For example, hit the balloon up in the air and don’t let it fall on the floor. (Fun tip: you can use more than one to make it more interesting!).
You could also try placing a balloon a few inches higher than your kid’s arms reach. Ask them to try and tap it with their hand or their head. They will be sweating in no time!
Grab a throw, a sheet or a blanket and put some balls or balloons inside. Get the family involved!
Ask them to take a side and quickly move their arms up and down. The objective is to throw the balls out of the sheet without touching them. This will definitely increase their heart rate!
This idea is always really popular with kids and you can adapt it to your resources, space and kid’s preferences. Ask them to crawl under the bed, hop between cushions, roll on the rug, run around plastic cups…There is no need to purchase any equipment, a lot of items in your household are perfect for these obstacles’ games. Don’t be scared of getting creative!
Don’t worry… It’s not what you think. Basketball doesn’t need to be played with a heavy ball, you can use rolled-up socks or a soft toy! Grab a basket or a bucket and try placing it at different heights and distances. Set a timer and ask them to make as many baskets as possible or play basketball games like horse.
Challenge your kids and give them points based on difficulty!
These games will keep your kids busy, healthy and happy. Give these activities a try and you will be ready for any situation or weather!