Kids love to move their bodies. And there are good biological reasons for this; physical activity helps the young brain to develop by increasing oxygen flow and even, amazingly, changing its structure. Movement comes naturally to children, but in our modern,
hectic lives it can sometimes be difficult to find an outlet for their natural urge to move their bodies. These easy and fun fitness activities for kids will help you to support and encourage an active lifestyle from an early age.
Fun fitness activities for kids need to be exciting; young children will happily run, jump and climb as long as they’re having a good time doing it. These games all promise playful and stimulating ways to help your child get their daily dose of physical activity .
- Obstacle course. Set up an indoor or outdoor challenge, getting kids to clamber and crawl to the finish line.
- Treasure hunt. Place small items of ‘treasure’ in far flung places, so that children have to run long distances to find them all.
- Chase and tag. Kids love nothing better than playing tag! They’ll dodge and sprint, moving fast to avoid being ‘it’.
- Level crossing. Set up a make-believe train track and divide children into trains and cars. When you raise the imaginary level crossing barriers, the cars must rush across the track. When you lower them, the trains can speed along!
Getting out and about is a healthy and natural way to get some exercise. Whether you have a morning at the playground or just venture out for a walk, there are plenty of ways for your child to enjoy getting physical.
- Fruit picking: visit a pick-your-own-produce farm or go blackberry picking in the summer. Kids will be happy to wander for hours, foraging for fruit!
- Traditional activities: Swimming, climbing and bike riding are all exciting activities for pre-schoolers. Getting to grips with these basic skills will help them to conquer new challenges and feel good about their physical achievements.
Dance, music and actions
Music and movement are natural companions; simply stick on a favourite track and your little one won’t be able to resist a boogie.
- Dance to the music: listen to different types of music and change your movements accordingly – fast, slow, loud, quiet.
- Songs and actions: lots of nursery classics are great for getting physical. Try Row, Row Your Boat, the Hokey Cokey and Sleeping Bunnies.
Learning through movement
Early movement play helps to build the brain and to develop essential skills for life. At Toad Hall nurseries, children enjoy moving their bodies in a wide variety of activities. They are naturally active and creative, so even learning literacy and numeracy can be achieved in a large scale, physical fun way.
To find out more about some of our fun fitness activities for kids, and why they’re so important, check out our Let’s Get Physical programme to promote physical activity at Toad Hall nurseries, and see our blog on physical development in children. If you’re after more ideas for activities to do at home, you can also download our resource for parents, Let’s Get Physical At Home!