Are your kids climbing the walls at home and need to wear off some energy? Are you stuck for ideas of things to do? When you have to stay at home for long periods of time for illness, rainy days, school holidays or because of a pandemic (like the current Coronavirus!), it can be hard to keep the kids entertained mentally and physically. It's time to get creative!
These are some of my family's ideas of ways to get moving at home, however, you can never have too many. Please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your tips on how your kids burn off their energy - without sending everyone else stir-crazy!
1/ Games like balloon ping pong and "keep the balloon from touching the floor" can go on for hours! Buy a bag of multiple-coloured balloons and blow up a few at once, so they can try and keep a few up off the floor. Also think of games that we do at birthday parties, such as having a race with a balloon between your knees. Another fun idea is indoor ten pin bowling - if you don't have a set, just use empty soft drink bottles and a tennis ball.
2/ Dancing is something that all kids love to do and it can wear them all out! Just put on a dance mix on You Tube, turn it up and watch them bust some moves. Close the blinds and give them some torches for a disco light show. For some more indoor party games, also play musical chairs to the music.
3/ Treasure Hunts are a fun way to have the kids tearing through the house and garden ticking things off their list! You don't need to do anything too complicated - just create a list of things they need to collect and then present to you at the end (copy the list for each child). Examples can include finding something red, a toy that moves, something made from metal, something with dots, a natural item, something that feels spongy and a cylinder. They won't even know they are exercising and learning, while having fun at the same time!
4/ Hula hoops are a cheap and fun way to get your child moving - they can go out in the garden and spin the hoop, roll it along the ground or come up with a gymnastics routine with one spinning on their arm. They can also use it as a template to draw circles on the driveway with chalk and draw pictures inside - watch them get creative and come up with new uses!
5/ Gardening is an exercise activity that you don't really think of as "exercise" - but it is. Bending down to weed, carrying heavy watering cans, dragging the hose and lifting pots can be strenuous exercise! It is also good for your kids to get outdoors and soak up the sunshine. See the article Top 10 Things to do in the Garden With Kids for more ideas.
Other ideas include Cosmic Yoga on YouTube, making an obstacle course, jumping with a skipping rope, playing handball on the driveway, riding bikes and scooters, hopscotch, blowing and chasing bubbles, totem tennis, playing Wii, basketball and practising cartwheels.
Do you have any more ideas? If so, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your top tips. As parents, we need all the ideas we can get!