After being cooped up inside for so long, it’s likely that we’ve all run out of ways to keep our little ones busy. Without the socialization that they’d usually be getting (in a non-pandemic world), it’s difficult to keep them as engaged as they used to be. With the five activities below, you and your child can take part in some indoor physical activity this year, while staying warm and healthy.
1. ABC Treasure Hunt
Using toys and/or various objects from around the house, find items whose name begin with each letter of the alphabet. After you place them in hiding spots, have your little one work their way through their ABC’s and hunt down the hidden objects! This game is sure to liven up your surroundings and make them seem more exciting, despite having been indoors for so long. In addition, this will help boost your child’s memory, letter recognition, and phonics skills. Looking for a way to sharpen these skills further? Try out our Alphabet and Phonics class, where your child can improve sounding out words and reading.
Plenty of people are always touting the benefits of yoga, but many don’t know that it can be just as impactful for children as well. Put on some calming music and on a carpet/mat, encourage your little one to stretch out their body however they’d like (safely of course). Whether they lie still or want to try countless different poses, any amount of movement will be great for their mental and physical health. This is also a perfect opportunity to spend time together, doing something that you both enjoy.
3. Obstacle Course
Gather pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and anything else you want to use to create your very own indoor obstacle course! Your little one can practice being active and pretending that they’re an animal, superhero, etc. This activity will help their imagination run wild (and tire them out)!
4. Dance Party
Turn on some of your favorite tunes and dance the day away! One of the most creative and freeing ways to express yourself, Dance is a great way for your child to play and move in an uninhibited way. Want to learn more about just how incredible this activity is for your little one? Read about the surprising benefits of dance for children.
5. Shapes On The Floor
Use colored tape to make various shapes on your floor; these could be numbers, letters, animals, or something else entirely! After they’re laid out, call out each shape and have your child stand on each one. This will help their letter and shape recognition skills, and is an inventive way to stay active while inside. This activity is also super quick and easy to clean up, and redo, countless times.
Looking for more ways to keep your kids moving this winter? Check out our Superhero Fitness, Butterfly Ballet, Movers and Shakers, and BümoBoogie classes! No matter what your child is interested in, these classes are sure to be as educational as they are engaging! If you have any specific questions about our programs and/or Live Online Classes feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.