HEALTHY LIVING  | 2.15.17  |  by Terra Wellington

With the break in spring weather comes allergy season.  And if your children need to stay indoors, cabin fever can set in … just like it’s winter.  So we’ve put together some fun indoor active play ideas to keep your children active, and keep you sane.

 Read on for simple indoor active play ideas  

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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

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.

BATTOP Kids Play Tent Tunnel (Amazon, $36.98) has three pieces. The tent, the tunnel, and the ball play area with a ball hoop. Purchase the balls separately.

Mudder Kids Ball Pit Playpen with Ball Hoop (Amazon, $12.89). Balls sold separately.

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.

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