It’s time for another Muddy Boots Self-Isolation Survival Guide, and today we are talking about keeping active! As we are sure you already know, our little ones are used to plenty of outdoor and physical activity, which in our current lockdown situation can be a bit of a challenge.
There are plenty of activities and exercises you can adapt to work either in your garden or inside your home, as well as some fantastic online resources you can follow to keep your little one(s) healthy, active and hopefully a little tired out!
Joe Wicks has become the unofficial P.E teacher for the nation, live streaming a 30-minute class every morning at 9am (which you can utilise at any time if early mornings aren’t your thing!). It’s perfect for any age, and we have loved hearing how popular it’s been in some of your households!
Slightly more down tempo, but just as fun is Cosmic Kids Yoga. Cosmic Kids gives you Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation classes designed especially for kids aged 3+, and is used in schools and homes all over the world. The instructors use stories to lead you through yoga classes, and they are fun for all the family!
Andy’s wild workouts are our final YouTube offering! The classes are led by ‘Andy’, who incorporates exercises into wild adventures, including under the sea, the African Savannah, the Arctic and the Rainforests. Throughout each video you meet animals native to that area and copy their movements for an all-round fun time!
KEEPING ACTIVE AT HOME
As mentioned, there are some really simple things you can do using items you may already have or can purchase at a low cost from Amazon to keep your little one active!
Obstacle Course – Create a furniture obstacle course in your home or take some chalk and make one outside in the garden if you have one. You can even throw in some mental challenges for a full body workout.
Animal Races – Get creative and have races in the style of an animal. You could hop like a bunny, waddle like a penguin, crawl like a cat and much more.
Balloons – Balloons are easy win, you can play keepy-ups, you can play catch or even setup your own indoor tennis court.
Dance Party – Turn the music up loud and get groovy, or even play musical statues to keep it fun whilst adding in a little competition.
Hallway bowling – Fill up some empty plastic bottles and use any ball you have to turn your landing into a ten-pin bowling alley.
Simon Says – A family classic, and great for giving your little one a physical and mental workout, you can’t go wrong with a game of Simon Says.
Scavenger Hunt – Write up clues and hide them round the house, then set the kids off to find and follow them.
Parachute Time – A really popular one at Muddy Boots, which can easily be replicated at home with a bed sheet. You can run under it, bounce a ball on it or play sharks.
Bring Me – Another super fun game, bring me is exactly what the name suggests, come up with a bunch of objects they can bring you from around the house.
Tidy Up Time – A perfect way of getting the clutter away as well as burning off a bit of energy, tidy up time is a race to see who can clean up the most.
GET OUT AND ABOUT
Under the Prime Ministers Lockdown, one of the permitted reasons to leave the house is “One form of daily exercise”. As long as you are with the people you live with, and practice the appropriate amount of social distancing, you can head out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. This could include a bike ride, scooter time, walking the dog or a family walk!
As always, we would love to hear what creative ways you and your family are using to keep active during the lockdown! Drop a comment on our Facebook page or in the parent group chats.