Our neighbor is a PE teacher. My kids also love her and thankfully, she loves our kids. She came over and introduced the kids to a couple fun games she plays with her PE students. My kids loved it. It was a brisk, winter day, but the kids had no qualms being outside running around.
Find a Plate Game
The first game was really simple. Aren’t those the best kind? All you do is spread paper plates (or frisbees or anything they can stand on) all over the area. On the other side of the paper plates there are activities written on the plates, but the kids don’t need to know that yet; that’s for the next game. This game involves the kids running and landing on the plates. You have a countdown, and if they get to a new plate by the time you are done counting they are safe. If they don’t get to a plate in time, they are out. The countdown was from 5, but you can adjust that to your children’s age and skill.
Hidden Plate Exercises
Your paper plates are already in place. Under each plate is written an exercise. It might say “5 arm circles,” “10 jumping jacks,” or “15 floor touches.” You could also do push ups, sit ups, hops, squats or twists. The thought is that you have the kids run to a plate. When they get to a plate, they look underneath to reveal the exercise. They then get to do the exercise. When done? Run to another plate and do the exercise there. The element of surprise keeps them going.
It is so important to get kids moving. You need to be a part of that. Kids are going to be more active if they exercise with you. Obesity in children in our country is a serious issue. Help fight that by getting your kids moving.