5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active and Moving in the Winter [VIDEO]
We don’t have crazy winters here, but when we do…crazy! Most of the time, it’s just cold and wet and why isn’t our grass growing so we don’t have mud in our backyard here. And since we have two napping in the afternoons, these two bigs are stuck at home to get out all of their after school silliness.
Fortunately, they are very creative and inspired to get themselves moving.
They tend to have their favorites and things that they go back to, so they helped me put this list of 5 things to keep them active and moving together.
1. Create an indoor obstacle course
They have been doing this for as long as I can remember. They love to use pillow, blankets, toys, boxes, shoes and paper. They will grab anything they can get their hands on to create a fun indoor obstacle course that they can do. They even asked to create a video to demonstrate how they set it up and ran through the course. (Watch it now!)
2. Jumping on Bed
Sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered….with careful supervision of course!
3. Use an indoor gym
There are so many options from a swing, to a trapeze, to hanging from bars. It’s amazing how tired the girls are after hanging and playing on it!
4. Indoor / garage circuit
Sometimes kids like a little more structure. You can print out this list of 10 things and set a timer for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, or even 30 seconds and have them do each activity for that long. Then, take a break in between and move onto the next one. The best thing is, there isn’t any equipment needed and you only need as much space as your body takes up to do a jumping jack!
5. Have a dance off
Turn on your favorite kid jams and get the kids moving. Let them take turns requesting a song, or just go rogue. If you have a gaming system, look into a dance game. This is even a great way to get adults moving, too!
When they have burned off all of their winter wiggles, they are sure to want a snack. (When are kids NOT asking for snacks?). We were recently sent some Honey Main Go Bites to try out.
Want to see what the girls think of them? Check out their video!
I’m good with the snack for them because Honey Maid Go Bites provide kids with about 15% of both the recommended daily value! The crispy graham pockets filled with delicious ingredients, and made with 7g of whole grains and 5g of protein per serving. They are baked with whole grains, contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors and are available in both chocolate and vanilla flavored fillings.
How do you keep your kids active and moving during the winter?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
I am going to jump on the bed tonight, that was my favorite thing to do as a child.
I love the idea of an indoor obstacle course! That may just save me during our next snow day… which should be any minute now!
These activity ideas will come in handy with more snow planned next week!
Those are the cutest videos! Your girls are adorable. Hilarious when they’re trying to open the bags!!
They look like they had fun. We like building forts in the living room.
Your bigs are too cute. I love their creative minds and the obstacle course they made in the video. Super fun the littles can play when they wake up from their naps.
We are HUGE fans of dance parties! They are the best way to get moving indoors and to get the giggles 🙂
excellent post and excellent ideas. I love the videos. Your big super stars.
Loved the indoor obstacle course! (And the video was awesome… impressed with your A/V skills!) Can’t wait to try that with my oldest.
OMG your kids are getting SO GROWN UP! I love this idea… maybe when red is done with his blanket forts we will make obstacle courses with all my boxes!
Cute video! As a teacher these cold days keep our kids indoors and we have to be creative so that they can get some of the energy out! Cute ideas!
These sound like great ways to keep kids involved. I would love for my nieces to create an indoor obstacle course. I think they are getting lazy! All they do is sit around playing video games or watching TV. They need to read this post!
Love the video!
Our son is great about creating his own obstacle course and racing his trucks/cars down the hall.
He’ll play football inside. Create his own goal line.
I also keep a kid’s bowling ball and pins handy!
Winter activity isn’t really an issue here. It’s the best time to ride bikes, etc. because it’s actually usually quite perfect temps! 🙂
The videos are SO cute. I cannot believe how tall your oldest is! I remember when she was a baby…
STOP! Monday’s aren’t good days for crying! 🙂
some fun ideas for sure! with a blizzard forecast for tomorrow into Monday, it’s bound to be a crazy weekend! unfortunately, this winter has been terrible too cold for the kids to go out or way too much snow!
Great tips there! I struggle to get out of my bed in winters. Though this time i am putting an effort to workout out and do skincare every morning.