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Keeping kids active in the winter can be difficult. It is so easy to stay inside during the winter, especially in Minnesota during times of subzero temperatures. There are actually lots of fun ways to keep kids active indoors. Here are a few ways to burn off a little energy!

Have an indoor snowball fight
Whether you use balled up socks or crumpled tissue paper to get everyone moving. For easy clean up, you can have a snowball free throw contest into a laundry basket.

Play indoor ice hockey
Bend the bottom of a wrapping paper tube and use tape to hold it in the shape of a hockey stick.  Add a ball, a sock or jar lid and you are ready to play.

Have a dance party
Crank up the music and get moving. Move the furniture around so you have a large open space. March, stomp, twirl, jump, and hop. Get out some fun musical instruments. Join in and have fun!

Have hallway races
Let your little ones and/or their friends race down the hallway. Make it even more fun and tape up a piece of party streamer for them to bust through.

Bring outdoor toys that keep kids active inside
Think jump ropes, balls, push toys, hula hoops, small toy cars, and even small portable sliding boards.

Exercise together
Do jumping jacks or push ups, run in place, or try sit ups.

Play Simon Says…. and make it as active as possible.

Let little ones jump from cushion to cushion
Pull the cushions off the couch and tell them the floor is lava and that they can’t touch it.

Create a fun indoor obstacle course
Make tunnels to crawl under, hurdles to jump over and poles to weave through. Have your kids jumping, balancing and so much more!

Let us know some of your kiddos favorite indoor winter activities. We would love to hear them!

Kaitlyn Grell, LPTA
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

 

January 31st, 2018

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