School is canceled, we're all stuck inside, and the kids are bored. Heck -- I'm bored! I think we all need a little guidance on how to keep kids active during a quarantine. To help us all out, I've compiled some fun and creative ideas to get the family moving. No matter your space or resources, I have 15 amazing ideas for you to beat the boredom blues with your kids.
Think outside of the box to get active
While it's tempting to let the kids chill in front of the TV or binge their favorite video games for the next few weeks, inactivity will only make things worse. I've already noticed that it is getting hard to get going every day. The whole family seems a little lethargic and depressed.
Since we can no longer simply send the kids out to play or invite over friends, it's time to get creative! Here are a few ideas that I hope will transform your boring household and keep kids active during the quarantine.
Turn what you already have into fun activities
Backyard or Indoor Obstacle Course -- Grab jump ropes, pool noodles, couch cushions -- whatever you've got -- and create an obstacle course in or outside.
Twister -- This game has been sitting in our closet forever! Time to take it out and give it a try again. Don't have twister? Draw it out with chalk or use colored masking tape to create circles on the kitchen floor. Instead of spinning a spinner, write the colors and left foot, right hand (etc) on cards and select them from a hat.
DIY Fitness Challenge -- Take turns planning a series of fitness moves, and challenge your family members to complete them.
Simon Says Fitness -- "Simon Says do five jumping jacks." "Simon says hop in place while rubbing your stomach." (You get the picture.)
Walk to Disneyland -- Figure out how far it is from your house to a favorite location like Disneyland, the zoo, Grandma's house, etc. Then challenge family members to walk around the house, outside or on a treadmill each day. Keep track of each person's distance, and add the distance to a family tally. See if you can walk the distance to your chosen location before the quarantine is over. (Maybe actually plan to go to that place once the crisis has ended.)
Minute-To-Win-It -- Remember that old TV show? Go to Pinterest and search "minute-to-win-it games." You'll find plenty of fun ideas to bust boredom and get your family moving.
Lazer Maze -- If you can find a hallway, yarn or twine, and masking tape, you can create a really cool laser maze. Here's how we created ours for Lu's spy birthday party a few years ago. It was the hit of the party and really fun. (If you're worried about your walls, please use painter's tape.)
Tin Can Stilts -- Make some of these, and let the kids clomp around the house. (I know many of you won't have the materials. For those who do, the stilts are a lot of fun.)
If you are lucky enough to have a sidewalk or driveway that kids can play on and still socially isolate, don't forget these old favorites:
Hopscotch -- Got chalk and a driveway or sidewalk? Try good old-fashioned hopscotch!
4-square -- Remember 4-square? I haven't played it since I was a kid! All you need is a flat spot of concrete, some chalk, and a ball.
Go digital to keep your kids moving during a quarantine
Although I usually try to keep my kids off electronics, the quarantine has changed that. Now I'm encouraging the kids to turn to their electronics as a form of exercise. If it's not safe in your area to send your kids outside, check out these online resources to keep kids active during a crisis.
GoNoodle -- If you have kids in elementary school, odds are that they are already familiar with GoNoodle.com. It's a fantastic website full of brain breaks and fun dance/exercise videos for kids. Many teachers use these videos throughout the school day. Trying them out at home will not only get your kids moving, but it will give them the security of bringing some of their favorite activities from school into their home. These silly activities are guaranteed to bring a little laughter into your house.
The Fitness Marshall -- He's great for older kids who enjoy hip hop. Warning--many of his dance tutorials are not kid-friendly. I am linking you to a channel called Fitness Marshall Kid-Friendly. I cannot guarantee that all of the videos are safe for your kids. Depending on the age of your kids, you may want to run through the playlist before you give your kids free rein. I've done some of these with my kids, and it was a lot of fun.
OrangeTheory Fitness on YouTube -- OrangeTheory is offering free at-home workouts during the quarantine. You may have to adapt for younger kids, but I'm excited to try these workouts with my teenagers.
YMCA on YouTube -- Check YouTube for YMCA channels. Many local YMCAs provide online videos of your favorite classes.
Active Video Games -- If the kids will be playing video games anyway, encourage games that get the kids up and moving. We have a Nintendo Wii, and the kids enjoy Wii Sports and Just Dance. X Box 360 has a lot of active games as well. When it comes to Just Dance, we often set aside the controllers and just dance for fun.
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We're all in this together
Thanks for stopping by today. We're all in the same boat -- just trying to keep our families safe and happy during a difficult time. If you have ideas on how to keep kids active during a quarantine, please add them in the comments. The more great ideas, the better!
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