Although this time of year is hard to get outside and be active due to the cold temperatures, there are many ways students can stay healthy and get their bodies moving. Adel Elementary’s PE teacher, Mrs. Blair, has put together a list of indoor activities that get students up and moving. These simple exercises and games take little effort to set up and can create a meaningful and impactful learning opportunity.
Please enjoy the list below!
- Indoor ski ball: label laundry baskets with numbers and have a basket of different balls, see what their total score is.
- Create an obstacle course in your living room or playroom with pillows, couch cushions, and other equipment. Build the obstacle course so your kids have to climb, roll, jump, hop, crawl and bear crawl through.
- Indoor hopscotch with tape on the floor
- Build with marshmallows and toothpicks
- Simon says
- Do some tumbling moves such as rolls, headstands, cartwheels, etc.
- Play “keep it up” with a balloon
- Do cup stacking with some plastic or disposable cups
- Scavenger hunt with locomotors
- Red-Light, Green-Light. The game that never gets old and the kids go wild for it every time. Sometimes they play backwards, doing a bear crawl, rolling, on tiptoes, hopping like a bunny rabbit or slithering like a snake to make it interesting.
- Have a Dance Party – Crank up the tunes and dance it out! If you want to mix it up, pull the curtains closed, shut the shades, switch off the lights and have a glow stick dance party.
- Create an Activity Cube. Like a giant dice, roll this cube to see what activity they get to do. You can theme it too! Exercise, Animals, Characters, Truth or Dare, and so on! For example: A kid’s exercise cube may include 20 jumping jacks, running in place for 30 seconds, hop like a bunny 15 times, plank hold for 20 seconds, 10 pushups, and 20 sit-ups. Kids can take turns rolling the activity cube to find out what’s next.