Activities for Kids - Children's Health

There are new cases of COVID-19 incidents almost daily. It’s critical for families to implement a supportive role in physical activities, particularly for kids. As we are all managing the stress that comes with the pandemic and its potential threat to our health, now more than ever, we need to consider physical activities to stay healthy.

It is recommended that children below 6 should be regularly active during the day. Whereas, children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 17 should regularly engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activities each day. This should include daily aerobic activities and activities that strengthen the bones and builds the muscles such as jumping, climbing, running, or doing push-ups.

When children are not in school for whatever reason, be it a holiday break, the weekend, the holiday season, or even a school closure, parents and guardians can use physical activities to keep their children learning, moving, and staying healthy. This article explains why your kids need to stay physically active and offers a list of indoor activities for kids.

Why do kids need to stay active?

Before we delve into the list of activities kids can enjoy, it’s important to understand why your children need to stay physically active especially now that they are on break. The answer is simple. They need to stay healthy.

Being at home for long periods of time can pose a significant threat to our health. The reason is that, when we have nothing to do, we’ll probably want to eat more, sleep more, and eat junk. You need to help your children develop habits that will last a lifetime through an active and healthy lifestyle. This will help them to:

  • Keep their vital organs strong and healthy including the heart, bones, lungs, and muscles.
  • Build resilience and better manage stressors.
  • Develop and maintain healthy body weight.
  • Prevent disease and improves the immune system.
  • Enhance their mood and self-esteem.
  • Builds a balanced, healthy environment.
  • Supports lessons learned at school and

Indoor activities for kids

We are all used to outdoor activities because of space it affords us. However, we can get stuck indoors, whether through bad weather, an unexpected school closure, or an unplanned lockdown. As much as we want the sun on our faces and spaces for our children to run around while we get a little breather, certain activities can still be done while you’re stuck inside with your children.

Below is a list of activities that every kid can enjoy. If your child is an active type, we have physical activities they’ll enjoy. If your child isn’t a big fan of physical activities, we have artsy activities and DIY projects they’ll enjoy. Even when all these activities have been exhausted, there’s nothing wrong with them reading a book or watching a TV show.

Yoga

You can practice yoga techniques and poses. Introducing yoga at an early age helps your children to establish healthy habits. Yoga helps kids to develop flexibility, coordination, build strength, and boost self-awareness and self-esteem.

What you need is a mat on the floor and you’re good to go. You can do easy poses like balancing on one foot, child’s pose, seated meditation, or legs up the wall.

Science experiment

If you have a smart child who enjoys science projects now’s the time to try a science experiment with them. You don’t need to go overboard with this, just use items you can grab around the house.

For instance, you can set a “cloud” of shaving cream on top of a water jar, then include drops of blue water one after the other. After the “cloud” becomes saturated, you’ll get blue rain and the water cycle in a jar. You can also go online for other interesting ideas.

Stream online workouts videos

You can watch online workout sessions on your phones, PC, or tablets. Most of these resources are free and can be accessed on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms. You don’t need prior experience, just know the limitations of your kids.

Bodyweight exercises

Taking short bouts of physical activities contribute to the weekly recommendations. These activities can include squats, push-ups, mountain climbers, crab walk, bear crawl races, jumping jacks, or jump ropes. It can even include house chores such as cleaning, washing, or planting a garden.

You can also practice filling up a balloon and don’t let it touch the ground. You can get your children to help you do your yard work. They can help weed, weed, or plant. The list is endless.

Mindful exercises

If you haven’t tried mindful and emotional activities with your kids, now may be the ideal time to give it a try. These exercises help kids to relieve stress, help children with learning disabilities, and generally reduce bullying rates. Some of the activities that can help your kids hone their self-regulation and self-awareness skills are listed below.

  • Journaling and letter-writing tradition.
  • Breathing and heartbeat exercises.
  • Explore feelings through art and color.
  • Smiling mind apps
  • Make mindful observations.
  • Talking about feelings through family conversation starters.
  • Nature walks.
  • Quiet times.
  • Use movement to express emotions.
  • Use rainbow bobble breathing story.
  • Set intentions with your children.
  • Use the Pixar movie Inside Out to understand their emotions.
  • Have a freeze dance party.
  • Learn basic mindfulness techniques together.

Dance to music

Even if your kids can’t go out to their playgrounds, they can still move their little bodies. Organize a dance party for you and your kids. Select a playlist together, increase the music, and allow them to dance to the music. You can learn dance moves online or even play video games that involve dancing to different moves. Follow the online dance instructor, and take turns picking different moves.  

DIY projects

It’s time to bring out all the glues, papers, scissors, markers, watercolors or paint, pens, brushes, and any other odds you have lying around the house and let the kids try their hands at being artsy. This will help them tap into their creative abilities.

When you all are done being the next Picasso, take their artworks and hang them from string with clothespins. Exhibit these artworks on your shelves or walls, then host your own pop-up art show.

Cook and Bake

You can incorporate nutrition education into your child’s routine. This is the right time to try and get creative in the kitchen. Cook a meal with your kids while trying different recipes. You can also grow fresh vegies from the kitchen leftovers.

You can also try to whip up a make-your-own dessert bar. Put out toppings like M&Ms, sprinkles, or frostings that your kids can add to. You can start with either an ice cream sundae or a cupcake.

Camp indoors

You and your kids can replicate the camping experience indoors without having to battle with mosquitoes or mud. You can improvise by making forts out of blankets and pillows or pop-up tents. Make s’mores or at least pretend to make s’mores with the endless list of pretend s’mores kits available.

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Reference Links

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https://www.waterford.org/resources/mindfulnes-activities-for-kids

https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/healthy-activities-to-do-at-home/

https://www.childrens.com/health-wellness/indoor-and-at-home-exercises-for-kids

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https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/michigan-psychiatry-resources-covid-19/your-lifestyle/importance-physical-activity-exercise-during-covid-19-pandemic

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