12 movement activities for kids to stay fit

Updated: May 11

Summer is fast approaching and before you know it, the kids are home FULL FORCE again.

If you are like me, the preparation for keeping them highly engaged, with less screen time and more fun entertainment, will be needed to create the balance that our kids need. I am already looking at all the available options to keep them entertained for 2 full months.

Boy was it soo much easier when I was a little kid and had less access to televisions, cellphones, computers, and Ipads. Your only option in keeping active was to either help with chores or go outside and play with anything that you could find to play with.

If I ever told my mom that I was bored, she would quickly show me a tree in the yard and tell me to go and play with it. Fond memories of growing up!

Now that my kids are at the stage of childhood exploration, I have included activities that I have done with them that they find very entertaining. Some are actual games that I myself have played while growing up.

These activities will keep your kids fully engaged so that they can stay active and as I like to say, "burn off some of the wiggles". These activities also allow for more fun, exciting, and interactive play.

Here is a list of my 12 favorite movement activities and songs for kids to stay fit.

Have you also found any activities that you could share? Please feel free to add to my list, or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I would be happy to help you!

12 movement activities for kids to stay fit

“Some of my 12 favorite movement activities for kids to stay fit!”

1. HIDE AND SEEK Who doesn't love a good game of hide and seek? It's an old classic that I enjoyed doing as a kid. My husband and I have re-named it "time-out and seek". The kids hide and we go on a 5-10 minute break (our little secret). Here is how it's played:

  1. Form two teams. The ones who are going to be hiding and the ones who will be seeking.

  2. The hiders can then go and hide anywhere in their environment.

  3. While they are looking for a place to hide, the seekers can count to 10 or a number of their choice.

  4. Once the count is up, the seekers will go out and find the ones who are hiding.

  5. The winners are the ones who can successfully find the hiding ones.

FYI: If the game is done with younger kids, the adults can choose to give clues (check the bedroom), should it get too difficult for them.

This activity helps with gross motor, communication, listening, and problem-solving skills.