Move to Your Imagination
Offer up a few ideas for creative ways to move and then let your kids’ imaginations run free. Encourage kids to bend all around like a tree swaying in the wind. Have kids use their arms to spin like a helicopter or zoom like a fire truck through the streets. Show kids how to use arms and legs to cut like scissors. Help kids twist into shapes of letters in the alphabet.
Do-It-Yourself Indoor Olympics
Compete in family indoor Olympic events with items around your house (clear away the breakables first!):
Bowling: Set up empty water bottles and knock ’em down with a ball.
Hockey: Grab a squishy ball for a puck and brooms for sticks.
Volleyball: Stretch a piece of string or yarn between two chairs. Hit a balloon back and forth over the net while sitting. Mix it up by playing on your knees, or hitting the balloon with your feet.
Gather a Hula-Hoop Group
Head to the garage — or clear some space — for some hula-hoop fun. Kids can exercise different parts of the body by hooping around their waists, arms, or legs. Lay hoops on the floor in patterns so kids can jump from one to another. You can also toss hoops trying to loop them over stationary items. Or see who can roll their hoop the farthest.
Follow the Bouncing Ball
How many ways can your kids bounce a ball? Find out in a room with space to move, a good bouncing floor, and not a lot of breakable stuff. Let kids try dribbling close to themselves and far away. Dribble fast and slow. Gather a group and try to bounce balls in sync.
Get Up and Dance
When it’s nasty or dark outside, dance up a storm inside. Take turns having family members make up their own dances. Teach kids a line dance. Put on music and play ”statues” where all the dancers must freeze like a statue whenever the music stops. Or just have an impromptu dance party with family or friends.
Make a Circus
Turn your family room into the big top. Do balancing stunts, juggle, create tumbling routines, and even get the family pet in the act. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, make it a weeklong physical activity. Family members can practice each day to polish their acts. Then create costumes, invite neighbors, and put on a show.
Cool Balancing Stunts
Working in pairs, you and your kids can use different body parts to balance.
Clear some space for safe play. Standing toe-to-toe, hold hands and lean back slowly, pretending to sit on a chair. See how long you can sit on your “air chairs.”
Now switch positions. Sitting on the floor, back-to-back, feet flat on the ground — lock arms and push against each other to stand up together. Then sit down.