With the winter holiday just around the corner, kids will soon be out of school with a lot more free time on their hands than you, as a parent, might wish. But not everyone knows how to keep their kids active and engaged for days on end, especially when “the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful.”
Puns aside, many kids, especially those born after 2000, tend to want to stay inside and warm playing video games, watching TV or eating snacks inside instead of braving the outdoors. Kids now spend more than seven and a half hours per day in front of the screen, according to recent research, and that number is only growing. Keeping active and fit is just as important during the winter months as during the summer, especially those of us (like me) who tend to hibernate in a bundle of blankets with a space heater on full blast when the weather dips into the 30s.
But staying active isn’t important for just our children’s physical health. As we’ve wrote on the blog before, high-energy physical activities boost mental and social-emotional wellness as well. After all, the CDC recommends at least 60 minutes of exercise per day!
So, without further ado, here’s our list for keeping your heart moving over winter break!
Our Favorite Outdoor Winter Activities: (Be sure to dress in layers!)
- Build a snowman
- Build a snowfort
- Sledding in a local park
- Activity Circuits in the snow
- Go for a walk or hike
Our Favorite Indoor Winter Activities:
- Exercise-incorporated board games (like Twister!)
- Push-Up/Sit-Up Contest
- Exercise-incorporated video games on Xbox Kinect, Playstation Move or Wii U
- Activity Stations
- Hallway Soccer
Our Favorite Away-From-Home Activities:
- Batting cage
- Join an indoor soccer/softball/baseball league
- Ice skating
- Indoor trampoline park
- Go to a museum, aquarium or local indoor attraction
What are some ways YOU keep your kids moving over winter break? Let us know!