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5 Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Active This Winter

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December 21, 20227 min read

Staying active during the cold winter months can be difficult, especially for kids. With shorter days and colder temperatures outside, it can be hard to motivate your children to get up and get moving. Here are five fun ways that you can help your kids stay active this winter.

1 Indoor Playgrounds

Indoor Playgrounds

Indoor playgrounds are a great option for kids to have fun and get some exercise. Most indoor playgrounds provide a safe and clean environment for children to run around and play with other kids their age.

Indoor playgrounds often feature soft surfaces, such as foam padding or rubber matting, to cushion any falls and prevent injuries.

In addition to the soft surfaces, indoor playgrounds often have a variety of play structures, such as slides, climbing walls, and obstacle courses.

These structures provide a fun and engaging way for kids to challenge themselves and develop their gross motor skills. Many indoor playgrounds also have separate areas for younger and older children, so that kids of different ages can play safely.

Overall, indoor playgrounds offer a great way for kids to have fun and get some exercise.

With a safe environment and engaging play structures, indoor playgrounds provide a fun and active experience for children of all ages!

Also read: Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Kids

2 Build an Obstacle Course

Building an obstacle course in your own home is a fun and active activity for kids. It's a great option if you don't want to take the kids out in the cold, or if you just want to keep them entertained at home. To build an obstacle course, all you need is some space and a few household items.

Here are some steps to follow when building an obstacle course:

  • Identify a suitable space in your home, such as a large room or a hallway. Make sure there is enough space for your child to move around and complete the course without running into furniture or other obstacles.

  • Gather a few household items that you can use to create the obstacles. These could include cushions, chairs, hula hoops, blankets, or any other objects that you can use to create a fun and challenging course.

  • Set up the obstacles in a logical order, so that your child has to navigate through the course. You could create a series of challenges that test different skills, such as crawling under a blanket, jumping over cushions, or weaving through hula hoops.

  • Encourage your child to complete the course as quickly as possible, either by themselves or against a friend or sibling. You could use a stopwatch to time them, and see if they can beat their personal best.

Building an obstacle course is a fun and active way to keep kids entertained for hours on end. It's also a great way for them to develop their gross motor skills and have some fun in the comfort of your own home.

3 Snow Sculpting

Snow sculpting is a fun and active outdoor activity that you can do with your kids if there's snow on the ground where you live.

Not only will they have fun building snow sculptures, but they'll also be getting plenty of physical exercise in the process. Snow sculpting is a great way to encourage creativity and collaboration between siblings or friends.

To get started with snow sculpting, all you need is some snow and a few basic tools, such as shovels, buckets, and cookie cutters. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Gather your tools and find a suitable location for your snow sculpting. This could be a backyard, a park, or any other location with a good amount of snow on the ground.

  • Choose a design for your snow sculpture. This could be a snowman, a castle, an animal, or any other creative idea that you and your kids come up with.

  • Use your tools to shape the snow into the desired shape. This may require shovelling, packing, and shaping the snow to create the sculpture.

  • Add details and decorations to your sculpture. You could use buttons, sticks, rocks, or other materials to add eyes, noses, mouths, and other features to your sculpture.

  • Take pictures of your completed sculpture and share them with friends and family. You could also challenge your kids to create their own snow sculptures and compare them to see who did the best job.

Snow sculpting is a fun and active outdoor activity that you can do with your kids. It's a great way to encourage creativity, collaboration, and physical activity, and it's sure to be a memorable and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Also read: 12 fun things to do in the Kentlands (with kids)

4 Have a Dance Party

dance party at home

Having a dance party is a fun and active way to get kids moving. Music is a great motivator, and kids often love to dance to their favorite tunes.

To have a dance party, all you need is some music and a suitable space for dancing.

Here are some steps to follow:

  • Gather some of your kids' favorite songs and put them on a playlist. You could also include some fun and energetic songs that are specifically designed for kids to dance to.

  • Find a suitable space for dancing, such as a living room, a bedroom, or a basement. Make sure there is enough space for your kids to move around and dance comfortably.

  • Put on the music and start dancing! Encourage your kids to join in and dance along to the songs. You could also demonstrate some dance moves and challenge your kids to follow along.

  • Between songs, you could play some games to keep the dance party going. For example, you could play musical chairs, where kids have to find a seat when the music stops. You could also play freeze dance, where kids have to freeze in place when the music stops and then resume dancing when the music starts again.

Having a dance party is a fun and active way to get kids moving and having fun. It's also a great way to encourage creativity and self-expression, and it's sure to be a memorable experience for the whole family.

If you'd like to take your kids' dance skills up a notch, why not enroll them in a free dance class?

5 Yoga or Pilates

Yoga and pilates are great activities for kids to improve their flexibility and strength. These activities also help kids develop concentration and focus, which can be beneficial for their overall well-being.

Many gyms and fitness centers offer classes specifically tailored for younger children, so if you think your child would enjoy yoga or pilates, you could look into signing them up for a class.

Yoga and pilates are low-impact activities that are suitable for kids of all ages. They involve a series of movements and poses that are designed to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. These activities can also help kids develop mindfulness and relaxation skills.

To get started with yoga or pilates, you can find classes at local gyms or fitness centers, or you can do some research online to find instructional videos or classes that you can do at home.

It's a good idea to start with beginner-level classes or videos, and then gradually progress to more advanced levels as your child becomes more comfortable with the movements and poses.

Overall, yoga and pilates are great activities for kids to improve their flexibility, strength, and concentration. If you think your child would enjoy these activities, you could look into signing them up for a class at a local gym or fitness center.

Conclusion

Keeping your kids active during the winter doesn't have to be boring or tiresome; there are plenty of creative ways that you can make sure they're still getting enough physical activity even if they're stuck inside all day long!

From indoor playgrounds and snow sculpting, to dance parties there's something here that every kid will love doing this winter season!

Just remember: keeping active shouldn't feel like work; make sure there's plenty of fun involved too!

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Miss Hope

Hope MacDonald is an author, motivational speaker, and CEO of Bella Ballet. She is blessed to empower over 550 children weekly through dance while teaching core values such as confidence, leadership, empowerment, kindness, anti-bullying, and positive body image to young women.

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