Kids need exercise and the weather is breaking. There are tons of easy ways to get your children up and get their hearts pumping. We’ve got some good old fashion, get off the couch, games for the kiddos. Add to the fun by joining the kids.
Have your children play coach and teach you how to do a move they’ve learned from soccer, karate or a game from school. Take turns teaching each other and don’t be afraid to be goofy.
Write the names of various animals on slips of paper and drop them into a bowl. Take turns choosing a slip and acting out the animal until someone guesses correctly.
Grab a favorite story and add some activity. Choose a word that will be repeated often ("green," for instance, if you're reading Green Eggs and Ham) and have your child stand up or sit down each time he hears it. If you’ve got an action story, act them out.
Put on some music and start to dance. Keep dancing (and pausing) with each song. Take turns being the dance master.
Catch with a twist
Grab a beach ball and head outside. Toss the ball to one another, add a twist by adding a move in between each catch.
Blow up a balloon, set up the sofa or a chair as the center line, and have your child run back and forth to hit the balloon before it lands on the ground. Set a record and beat it.
Show your child how to walk like a crab: hands and feet on the floor, stomach facing up. Once he can do it, give him a goal. He can balance some beanbags on his belly and move across a marked finish line, or gather some wayward toys and move them to his room.
Stretch and sprout
Ask your child to curl up on the floor as tightly as she can, pretending to be a small seed. Have her imagine the warm sunshine, letting her body slowly unfurl and reach toward the sky. Repeat the cycle, getting faster each time until the little flower blooms so quickly that your child jumps into the air.
Tie a balloon to each player's right leg with a three-foot length of string. When everyone's outfitted, assemble the kids in the garage or a room with lots of open space. The goal is to pop the other players' balloons by stomping on them. Once a kid's balloon is popped, he's out. Loud, wild, fun. (Have them pick up the bits of balloon left on the floor afterward. They're a choking hazard for littler kids.)
Place a large bowl or bucket in each room and give each player a rolled-up sock. Have the players stand in the doorway and take aim, trying to get their sock into the bowl. As each player scores, he progresses to the next room. The first person to complete the entire circuit is the winner.
Pull out a beach ball (or blow up a balloon) to rev up a simple walk across the room. Stand two kids side by side and place the ball between their hips. Now send them across the room, and see if they can get there without dropping the ball (it's easier if they link arms, but they'll figure that out!). If they do, they have to pick it up and start over again. As long as you have enough beach balls or balloons, you can play this with any number of kids. It gets harder (but goofier) as you add more players to the line.
Have two kids sit on the floor, back to back, with arms linked at the elbows. See if they can work together to get themselves into a standing position. They'll need to push against each other in order to get to their feet. Then see if they can stay linked while walking around and trying to pick up items from the floor.
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