This is How to Keep Kids Active in the Winter
Whether your family likes to be outdoors in the cold weather or prefers to stay inside, there are plenty of ways to keep kids active in the winter months.
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Host a stair climbing challenge.
Take advantage of one of the unique aspects of city living and challenge each other to see who can climb the most stairs in your high-rise building, or see how many times your kids can go up and down the stairs in your house (if you have multiple stories).
Play balloon volleyball.
You’ll be shocked at how delighted children are with a simple balloon to play with indoors. It can serve as a “ball” for all kinds of games, without wrecking your home or bonking anyone.
Create an indoor gym.
Turn a doorway or even a corner into an indoor jungle gym or swing set.
Work on mastering balance.
Children of all ages love perfecting their balance and often incorporate balance boards, balance beams, or stepping stones into their imaginative play.
Bounce around (if you have room).
Hopping Balls are excellent indoor toys for encouraging activity.
Spin the afternoon away.
You’ll be amazed at how long and how often a kid will spin on a Sit and Spin.
Have a Hula-Hoop competition.
Hula Hoops are classic toys for a very good reason. Kids love them and parents may even use one to sneak in a workout.
Jump, jump, jump!
Jump ropes can be used solo or with several children for double dutch.
Walk a tightrope (don’t worry, it’s close to the ground!)
An indoor slackline is a perfect physical challenge.
Crawl through tunnels and play in ball pits.
Small children love to climb and play in tunnels and ball pits. Most can be easily folded up for storage.
Tire them out with jumping.
Some indoor trampolines are foldable and have a weight limit that allows grownups to join in on the fun, too!
Flow through some yoga poses.
Check out one of our favorite YouTube Channels for compelling and fun kid’s stories told through yoga.
Stream some online exercise videos.
These virtual fitness classes and kids exercise videos will keep kids active and give you an opportunity to workout as a family.
Play some video games (really!).
If you absolutely can’t steer your kids away from their gaming systems, make sure they’re playing fitness games to keep them active. Common Sense Media recommends these kid-friendly workout games for Wii, Xbox, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, and more.
Set up an obstacle course.
Using some (or all) of the above suggestions, create an indoor obstacle course so your kids can have a friendly competition. It’ll just keep them active and having fun!