These days with so much technology around and now with your children not in school, finding physical activity for your kids active can be a challenge! You are not allowed to go anywhere, nothing but essential services are open, and your kids can’t go out and play with their neighborhood friends. If you are like the rest of us you are probably running out of creative ideas to keep your kids active.
For that reason, I am going to share three of my favorite free websites for physical activity for to get kids during COVID-19. But first let’s briefly speak about the importance of physical activity.
How Much Physical Activity do Kids Need?
It is suggested that children aged 7-15 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. This sounds like a lot but remember it doesn’t have to be all at once. It can be broken up throughout the day in smaller chunks. The websites below have a variety of activity suggestions that you can do at throughout and at different times of the day.
What are Some of the Benefits of Daily Physical Activity?
There are so many benefits! Here are just a few. When kids are physically active they:
- reduce stress and anxiety
- concentrate better
- maintain a healthier weight
- sleep better
- learn the importance of being physically active
- strengthens their heart, muscles, bones, lungs, and etc
The list goes on and on! Consequently, we want to teach our children why it’s important to be active but even more importantly we want to be active together as a family. We are optimistic if we model this to our children they will continue this active lifestyle through their adulthood.
What are Some Activities I can do at Home with my Children?
Being an educator and a parent of two children here are three of my favorite “go to” free websites that are family favorites. The three recommended websites are often used by teachers in the classroom when doing movement breaks for their students. But, best of all, they are all free and there is something for all ages.
The first program I want to recommend for families is called BOKS. Their mission is to make physical activity part of your child’s life. With many schools closed now around the world they are focusing on helping kids stay active at home. They share physically active games that anyone can do with minimal equipment.
Each day during the week days they provide FREE BOKS classes on Facebook. These classes are at 12pm EST. They focus on a different skill each day! If you can’t make it to the live classes that’s no problem because you can go on and watch recorded videos from previous days.
You can also go to their website and download a free at home activity pack full of fun activities that can be done at home. I highly recommend them! They are definitely one of my first choices! Below is an example of a workout you can do with a deck of cards. If you are looking for more deck of card workouts, check out some suggestions on our website.
Another free program that I personally recommend and use is Go Noodle. Again, this website provides free movement, yoga and mindfulness videos, free resources you can download and off screen home activities. All parents have to do is sign up with their email.
There are many selections on this website for all ages, skills, fitness levels, and interests. One of the things I really enjoy about this website is not only the range of physical activities but calming activities too. This website is a another must to add to your collection!
Last but not least is the website called Cosmic Yoga. This website is a kid-friendly approach to yoga. The best thing about the yoga is the host Jamie is recorded in front of a green screen in a 3-D cartoon world. She shares interactive adventures that help build strength, balance and confidence in kids of all ages.
Although there is a website I enjoy the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel. It is free and if you subscribe you have access to all of her videos. There are over 400 free videos to choose from. There is such a great variety to choose from for both boys and girls. Some of the categories of videos are on popular kids movies, kids books, holiday related, and more serious topics such as dealing with bullies, anxiety, and mindfulness yoga videos. Almost everything you can think of is on there! Some of the favorite ones are The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Frozen, Moana, Dance Party, Pokemon, and the Saturday morning yoga. It is definitely worth giving it a try!
Being Active Doesn’t Have to be Hard
Keeping kids active doesn’t have to be difficult. There are oodles of resources out there but sometimes finding the right ones can be the obstacle. I hope you enjoy the resources I suggested and it makes your life a bit easier. I would love to hear your comments and what you do to keep your kids active during this time.