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7 Winter Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Fit
11/9/2021

7 Winter Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Fit

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Despite unpleasant weather conditions, it’s vital to keep children moving and fit during colder winter months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention purports “regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscle, control weight, and reduce anxiety and depression.” Below are popular indoor winter activities for kids to keep them entertained and fit when the weather’s bad.

Indoor Obstacle Course

Creating a fun indoor obstacle course for kids challenges their imagination and creativity, especially if they’re involved in building it. It’s a great idea for playdates, especially if there are prizes involved. Some ideas include:

  • Crawling under tables
  • Climbing over sofas
  • Crawling like a bear or crab walking
  • Hula-hooping
  • Tight-rope walking along a string on the floor
  • Throwing soft objects or bean bags into the laundry basket
  • Doing a ring toss
  • Skipping or balancing for a certain amount of time
  • Finding hidden objects

Play With a Ball

Similar to hot lava, the premise of this game is to keep the balloon off the floor for as long as possible. Whoever allows the balloon to touch the floor loses. You can either challenge kids to set records and see how many volleys they can execute, keeping the balloon air bound, or structure the game in rounds, i.e., best of 3 or 5.

Winter Indoor Activities for Kids

The Clean-Up Game

Parents love the clean-up game. Even though it’s not one of those intense indoor gym activities for kids, it will get them moving on colder days. Whether it’s general tidying or doing chores, you can set the timer and challenge your kids to clean up the house. Adding a prize makes it a win-win for you and them.

Play Charades

This is a fun indoor gym game for kids that can be played by the whole family, with various degrees of difficulty depending on your children’s ages. Have them draw animals on pieces of paper. Put the paper in a hat and take turns to act out whichever animal each person picks. The only catch is that players can make animal sounds, but no talking is allowed. The person who guesses the most animals correctly wins.

River Bank Game

If you’re looking for indoor gym games for kids that improve fitness and listening skills, then the river bank game is a good option — just make sure you have a clear space of at least 2×3 meters. You need a minimum of two players, but the more, the merrier.

How to play:

  • Place a piece of string, rope, or tape on the floor to create a straight line 2-3 meters long. Designate one side of the rope as the bank and the other, the river.
  • Players begin the game by standing on the “bank.”
  • The caller stands a few feet away and calls “river” or “bank.” The players must then jump with both feet together to the river side, and vice versa.
  • If a caller calls “river” or “bank” when the players are already on those sides, they should not jump. If they do, they’re immediately disqualified and must sit down.
  • The idea is to make the game more challenging by calling out “river” or “bank” at increasing speeds.
  • Ideally, the last person standing is the winner and becomes the caller in the subsequent round. However, to be fair, each child jumping should have a turn to be the caller.

Family Dance Party

Like musical chairs, this dancing game entails participants busting out their best dance moves and freezing like a statue as soon as the music stops. Popular at kids’ birthday parties, this fun indoor game can be played by the whole family. You just need a space to move and a smartphone to play music.

Winter Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Fit

Practice Balance Poses

Practicing balancing poses is a great way to strengthen core muscles and focus. This simple game can be played in a group or alone. The basic idea is kids have to imitate a pose and hold it for as long as possible. Everyone can take turns coming up with poses.

Some ideas include:

  • Standing on your toes and stretching your arms straight overhead
  • Standing on one leg
  • Standing in airplane pose (bent forward on one leg with both arms straight out to the sides)
  • Downward dog pose in yoga

The difficulty of each pose can be adjusted according to age and ability. For instance, you could even include objects like balancing an empty egg on a spoon (just make sure the floor is easy to clean).

Conclusion

No parent wants to leave their kids playing video games or watching TV all day. If you’ve run out of ideas or want some time off from looking after the kids, why not bring them to Hot Ground Gym? We have classes and winter camps filled with obstacle courses, team-building activities, and indoor winter sports for kids. Contact us today!