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!
Hedstrom Flower Hopper, 18 inch (Amazon, $18.16) — also comes in different designs like dinosaurs, monsters, flowers, and hearts and butterflies
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.
Homfu 3 in 1 Pop up Tunnel Tent for Kids Play Indoor Outdoor for Children Toddler Boys Girls As Toy Crawl Play Tent (Amazon, $40.99)
Playz 3pc Kids Play Tent Crawl Tunnel and Ball Pit Pop Up Playhouse Tent with Basketball Hoop for Girls, Boys, Babies, and Toddlers for Indoor and Outdoor Use with Pink Carrying Case (Amazon, $34.95)
Kids Play Tent Ball Pits (Amazon, $49.99). This picture doesn’t show it, but you purchase the balls separately to fill up the two tented areas. Another picture at Amazon shows the balls flowing through the tunnels as a fun activity. Lots of imaginative play. Purchase the play balls separately.