12 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Active While Social Distancing
These outdoor fun ideas will help get all of your kids extra energy out!
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Build backyard castles. Forget a treehouse (that becomes a job for Dad and Mom). Challenge the children to construct a castle out of boxes from the recycling pile and found objects. Rainy day? Gather all the blankets and pillows you can find, and turn your brood loose on building their fort inside. Putting a cushion castle together will eat up a good chunk of time, and leave them just worn out enough to retreat to their masterpiece hideaway for a while.
Dance the day away. Pump up the jams and ask your kids to make up their own dance. They’ll flex their physical and creative muscles coming up with fun (possibly wacky) dance moves. See if they can mimic some of your moves…then see if you can learn theirs. Who knows, maybe it'll become the next TikTok dance craze!
Go for a bike ride. Pedal hard with a family bike ride around your neighborhood or a local track. Teach your kids about bike safety before your outing and make sure your kids have properly fitting helmets.
Set up a relay race! Nothing get kids amped up more than a competition with their sibling. So set up a few activities your kids need to complete to win the race. Need some ideas? Egg races, hopscotch, sack race, pop a balloon, dribble a basketball, jump rope, and do a little dance.
Take a hike. Explore some of the best—and most family-friendly—hiking spots in the New York metro area. Just be sure to call first to ensure the trails are still open during quarantine.
Go for a dip in your backyard pool, if you have one. Swimming is a crucial life skill that also helps to build strength. A dip in the pool and a game of Marco Polo are great, but to wear the kids out you’ll need goggles and an abundance of energy—think relay races, dropping plastic fish on the bottom for them to retrieve, and water dancing.
Plan a scavenger hunt! Create a list of items your kids need to find in your backyard or while on your walk around the neighborhood. Some ideas? Find a red flower, spot a car with a 9 in the license plate, try find a bug, find a rock that looks like a heart, spot a rainbow in a window, and spot some sidewalk chalk artwork!