If your children need to stay indoors, cabin fever can set in. There’s a lot of unused energy that begs for play. So we’ve put together some fun indoor active play ideas to keep your children active, and keep you sane.
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Get Your Child Exercising Through A Scavenger Hunt
The American Heart Association has an example of using an indoor scavenger hunt to get your children moving — this is more fun for kids who know how to read.
Remember Hopscotch? Do It Indoors
Most parents remember doing hopscotch outdoors, perhaps with a chalk outline on a sidewalk. But it can easily be done indoors with some masking tape — even masking tape on carpet.
Check out this short video of a hopscotch-er doing yo-yo at the same time! A workout for mind and muscles.
Get on That Hopper
For more indoor active play ideas, remember the hopper? Children will hop around the house for an hour or two on a hopper. It burns tons of calories and engages the imagination. Even if a TV is on, you’ll find that kids get up and go a lot with a hopper. Better yet, turn on some music while you clean house, and your child will hop around the whole time!
Explore in Play Tents
We’re talking not just a tent where you sit, but ones that have tunnels and play balls. Here are several that engage physical movement, play, and imagination.