My boys are busy and active and drive me crazy if they don’t get out and move as much as humanly possible. I LOVE it, but I am also always trying to think of creative ways to challenge them. They (separately and collectively) also happen to be full of grandeur plans and ideas (“let’s build a rocket ship that blasts off!”; “we could fly to the top of the shed!”; etc.) However, collectively J and I came up with this one and I think it’s pretty brilliant for some quick fun.
We took advantage of the paved street in our neighborhood and drew directions and arrows at each of the stations. Because neither boy can read (at least not well), but do recognize numbers, I drew pictures of what they should do and how many times. I explained it too, but hoped the pictures would spark their memory. And I am talking stick figures here….
We really only made 5 stations:
- Run to the circle and jump 3 times
- Hop across the line back and forth
- Follow the arrow path and spin 4 times
- Jump into each shape and say them (triangle, square, etc.)
- Do a leap at the finish line
They insisted on me timing them and doing it over and over. Easy for me, energy-out for them. It’s a win-win.
How do you get your kids moving in creative ways? We’re always looking for new ideas!