Following on from my last post, in which I contemplated our responsibility to ensure that children are getting enough exercise, I have been thinking about some of the fun ways that we can get them moving and active throughout the day!
There was an interesting article in the Daily Mail about a school which has it’s children run a mile a day, in an effort to tackle childhood obesity!
While this might seem quite extreme, daily exercise can be really easy, and fun!Here are some ideas which I feel are easy to introduce into any routine:
Music and movement – You could try and learn a line dance, do some action songs or just move to music
Sports and team games – Some children really enjoy a competitive element, others may just enjoy trying something new. There are so many options; football, tennis, running races, basket-ball, rounders…
Parachute games – There are so many lovely parachute games to play which can also include other elements such as friendships and turn taking. Click here for a website with lots of parachute game ideas.
Throwing and catching
Nature walks – One of my favourites. No matter what the weather, everyone can benefit from a walk! Try using different focuses such as a listening walk, a measuring walk with rulers/measuring sticks, a scavenger hunt walk…
Yoga – There are lots of simple yoga stretches and positions that are suitable for children and including these as part of a relaxation or circle time could be a nice gentle form of exercise. The ‘Yoga Pretzels‘ cards are a colourful and attractive invitation to get the children interested:
Balancing/ climbing – indoor or out, using anything from climbing frames to a large tree – climbing involves some risk taking, problem solving, co-ordination and strength
Hopscotch – This is a wonderfully active way to work on some counting or simple numeracy
Roll a dice – do an action – If you are lucky enough to have one of these dice:
then you could add photos or instructions, if not then just assign a movement to a number. Take turns throwing the dice and then everyone needs to do the correct action.
Pushing and pulling buggies/ cars/ trailers
Bikes, scooters and roller-skates
I know that you’ll all have tonnes more ideas! Remember; it’s so easy and yet so important to include active, physical play every day!
P.S. Don’t forget to lead by example!