Mar 24, 2020 • 4 min read
Try these activities to keep your kids engaged and active during the pandemic.
Along with helping children learn how to read, how to talk and how to play well with others, parents are responsible for teaching their kids how to move.
The first step to walking is a parent holding a child’s arms up while they stumble along. That’s helping them learn how to move, as is supporting them on the monkey bars those first few times, showing them the difference between a run and a skip and moving that baseball bat so they’re holding on to the right end.
As children get older, we may think we’re done helping them learn how to move. They can walk, run and jump, after all, and we get busy. With packed solid days, sometimes (OK, most of the time) it’s impossible to even consider adding anything to the schedule.
But learning to stay fit and active is never over, and helping your kids learn to move doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t have to schedule it. You don’t have to add anything to your family’s already hectic day.
We’re busy parents just like you. We know how difficult it can be to find time, but we also know how beneficial it is to encourage working movement into everyday activities. So we asked each other to share some fun ways we practice fundamental movement skills with our kids at home, just by tweaking the things children do every day anyway.
There’s no need to announce that it’s time to work on skills. By making it fun for kids, they won’t even realize they are practicing movement skills. They’ll just enjoy the activities. The added bonus is you might end up getting some more help around the house!
Even choosing just one of these a day will help your kids develop skills like balance, throwing, catching, jumping and kicking.
Active for Life is a nonprofit organization committed to helping parents raise happy, healthy, physically literate kids.