6 Ways to Keep the Kids Active While Social Distancing

Updated: April 15, 2020
With no PE class, recess, dance lessons, soccer practice or friends to chase around it’s time to get creative. Here are six ways to keep the kids active and moving while quarantined.
6 ways to keep kids active in quarantine

Finding ways to keep your children active during this time of social distancing can feel like a challenge, but it’s more important than ever to keep them moving. With no PE class, recess, dance lessons, soccer practice or friends to chase around it’s time to get creative. 
 
Join your kids for a movement break to keep yourself active as well. The COVID-19 crisis has many of us confined to our houses, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose hope. Fresh air and activity can go a long way to helping maintain a positive mindset and a healthy body.  Burn some calories, get your endorphins flowing and, most of all, try to enjoy the time together as a family.

More: 5 Ways Kids Can Stay Connected and Social While Social Distancing

Below you will find suggestions for both outdoor activities as well as indoor activities since the weather is not always predictable, and activities that can be fun for both parents and kids.

Dance Parties

Turn up the tunes and shake it off! No prep needed, no special materials required, but still lots of fun! Take turns picking high-energy songs for a rousing good time. A simple dance party can definitely be fun for the whole family. Maybe one of your children wants to break out their inner choreographer and plan a dance for the whole family. Or just turn up the music and get to grooving.

Hide and Seek

Throw it back to the basics, hide and seek can have your children running around looking high and low. Take turns hiding each other or an object.  
 
This is a great game for both indoors and outdoors so the weather does not need to be a factor. As an extra challenge, bust out a timer and see how fast you can find what you’re looking for to really get the energy going. Family competitive streaks are sure to emerge!

Balloon Volleyball

Best played inside and very low prep, all you really need is a balloon. The object is simple - keep the balloon off the ground for as long as possible!  
 
If you need to really get your kids moving make it more challenging - no hands allowed!  You might want to move furniture out of the way for extra room. This is the perfect rainy day activity.

Hop Scotch

All you need is a piece of chalk and a small stone. Get your heart rate up while also reinforcing coordination and number skills. Lots of siblings, great!  Only child? No problem, this is a great game for several players or alone.  See how far you can make it before losing your balance! This is the ultimate test in coordination and focus.
 
Check out our instructions for a classic game of hopscotch here.

Obstacle Course

This is another easy way to utilize movement skills indoors as well as outdoors.  Whether it’s navigating your way over couch cushions and under blankets or kicking balls through hula hoops and climbing under jump ropes, you can make obstacle courses challenging for every age. The best part is that you don’t need specific materials; use what you have!  Encourage problem solving, critical thinking and lots of coordination as you navigate your way through each obstacle. 
 
Brittany McCabe from Mama Bear Britt recommends “Couch Jumping."  If your little one is too small for a true obstacle course, using the couch cushions and letting them practice jumping without losing their balance might be just their speed.
 
Check out our ultimate guide to building an indoor obstacle course here.

Online Workouts

When you’re stuck inside due to the weather, try to find an online exercise class. From GoNoodle to Youtube the options are endless. Choose a rousing Zumba class, or a relaxing yoga session for a change in pace. 
 
There are many options right at your fingertips that can help you find ways to get your kids active from the comfort of your living room.

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