While it is fine to include some screen time activities in your child’s day, it is also important for children to engage in non-screen activities to stimulate growth, learning and social skills, as well as to promote and teach healthy lifestyles. Try to add physical activity into your everyday routine where everyone stands up and moves. Make sure you pick activities that your child enjoys, while also encouraging him or her to try new movements. You may even let your child help choose the activity from a list of 2 or 3 options.
Now that winter is here and we are spending less time outside, it becomes more difficult to stay physically active. Below are some ideas of things to do indoors during the winter months to help your kids stay active:
1. Make an obstacle course out of cushions, pillows, blankets, or yarn, and things to crawl over, walk or balance on, and jump over.
2. Play balloon tennis or balloon volleyball.
3. Have a crab-walk or bear-walk race.
4. Make a hopscotch grid with tape on the floor.
5. Set a timer for 1 minute, and see how many jumping jacks, sit-ups, hops on one foot, or heel raises (going up on tip-toe) you can do. Try to beat your number the next time.
6. Go explore a Children’s Museum, Aquarium, or Science Center.
7. Play charades.
8. Play Simon Says.
9. Put on music and dance!