Jan. 30 is National Preschool Fitness Day. I just learned about this particular day, but I definitely make a point of keeping my kiddos hopping. During nicer days, even if it’s cold outside, we get them outside playing, like this recent photo at a park. When we are stuck inside a lot due to cruddy weather outside, it presents more of a challenge and Mommy has to get creative! My children have to be active or they will go completely nutty, so it’s an absolute necessity to find ways for them to move those little bodies when we’re stranded indoors. I’m sharing the official page about the holiday and their ideas for keeping little ones fit, then some of my own little tricks for burning that energy indoors. 🙂
Fun ideas for helping your preschooler stay fit:
Free preschool fitness kit.
Bop the balloon. The object of this game is simple: Keep the balloon in the air by bopping it. My 2 1/2 year old and my 5 year old absolutely love this! Just make sure you have extra balloons ready, because they may pop and it won’t be pretty if you don’t have a replacement handy. 🙂
Chacha train. I have my kiddos line up behind me and we do our own version of the chacha in a choochoo train kinda way. It’s weird and wacky, but it leaves them giggling and gets them moving.
Hokey Pokey. We’ve all done this one as kids, right? You can do it with them or just sing the song and do the best you can while doing whatever you’re doing.
Simon Says. Simon Says: Hop like a bunny. Simon Says: Spin around. Simon Says: Do jumping jacks. Everything Simon Says is something active in this version of the game.
Dance party!! I like to put on some music and do crazy dances with my munchkins. If I am not feeling well and don’t feel like dancing myself, I’ll often sing a song and clap for them to dance. They LOVE it!!
The items below look like some really fun resources for physical activities for preschoolers, if you want some help in getting those little hineys moving! 🙂
303 Preschooler-Approved Exercises and Active Games (SmartFun Activity Books)
Preschoolers and Kindergartners Moving and Learning: A Physical Education Curriculum (Moving & Learning)
Sesame Street: Get Up and Dance
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What kind of activities do you keep your little ones active with during yucky weather?
February 1, 2015 at 9:52 AM
Great Ideas to get the kids up and moving. I ❤️ balloon bop.
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February 2, 2015 at 5:25 PM
They really love it, except when the balloon pops. LOL
February 1, 2015 at 5:41 PM
Oh what cute ideas. My daughter is always a little bit hyper and runs around a lot. So she is always getting her exercise in.
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February 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM
Mine, too, which makes it even more necessary for me to channel that energy somewhere NOT destroying my house. LOL