April 2020Sometimes going out is not an option. In times like these, it’s important to stay healthy – that’s true for the entire family, parents or kids alike.
Staying healthy does not only mean eating healthy – it also means exercising each day. Of course, this can be tricky when indoors.
That's why we’ve compiled a list of games that you can do together as a family – a great way to exercise while having fun.
How about busting a few dance moves to cut loose and jazz things up in the living room? One 'lead dancer' moves to the music, while the others try to mimic his/her moves the best they can.
Of course, the more physical the moves, the more exhausted you and your children will be. The game is a sure way to exercise and have a good time – all at once.
Stand up sit down
Chances are you and your kids love watching TV. That means sitting for extended periods of time, which is never a good thing – we should get up and move about a bit at least every 45 minutes.
'Stand up sit down' is a simple game to get the whole family moving without missing out on the action. Just pick a word and every time you hear that word on TV, stand up. Whoever stands up fastest wins!
Tails is a game that is hugely popular with kids, as it involves chasing and running.
Tuck a t-shirt or napkin into the back of each of the players' waist bands. These are their 'tails'. As all the players run around, one player needs to try to pull the napkin 'tails' out. The last player to keep his/her 'tail' wins. Of course, running around the apartment is not without risks, and you might need to move furniture around to make sure kids don't hurt themselves or break anything.
Treasure hunts are a sure way to help keep your kids moving. Here are different treasure hunt variations – mix them up to keep your kids engaged.
The 'scavenger hunt' – choose different colored sticky paper for each child playing. Place the bits of paper in several locations around the house. The first to find all his/her colored paper wins.
The 'point hunt' – each color paper is worth a certain amount of points. Hide several bits of paper around the house and give the kids one minute to find as many as they can. The child with the highest score wins.
The 'paper war' – each child chooses one color as his/her own and places several pieces of paper of that color on a wall. They must try and steal as many pieces as possible of the other player's color within a given time. Whoever has the most of the other player's paper in the end wins.
And how about some yoga? Yoga is as great for kids as it is for adults: it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, while giving them a chance to learn about relaxation and meditation – all while having fun.
The great thing about yoga is that you don’t need any equipment – all your need is a few mats. There are countless free online yoga courses online if you're unsure where to start.
So, what are you waiting for? Get moving!