Things look a little different these days, including how to keep our family entertained and how to stay active and exercise. And as a parent, these two things are really important, as well as keeping your loved ones healthy and happy. So, in the days of virtual playdates and spending more time indoors, let’s answer the big question of “how to stay active at home”.
Family bike rides in the neighborhood and playing hopscotch in the driveway are both great ways to get your kiddos outside and moving. But, let’s look at some other ideas you may not have thought of yet. Keep reading to learn more!
Set Up the Sprinkler
This first way to stay active at home is multi-purpose. Not only will setting up the sprinkler in the yard equal hours of activity and fun for the little ones (and maybe the adults too), you’ll also water your lawn and plants in the process. It’s a win-win, right?
Spend Some Time in the Garden
Gardening is a fantastic way to stay active at home and enjoy some fresh air outside. So, after you’ve picked out some beautiful potted flowers at your local Food Lion, grab your gardening tools, gloves, some bagged soil and the kids and get ready for some outdoor fun.
Parents, you’ll have to do the digging. But, the little ones can definitely help you place the flowers and cover the roots with gardening soil. They can also help with the watering!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
For this next idea for staying active at home, you can either find a scavenger hunt list online or make your own. And once that decision has been made, next you’ll have to choose the location. Will your family scavenger hunt take place indoors or outdoors? If it’s a nice day and you want to head outside, here are some items you can add to your scavenger hunt list:
- A yellow flower
- Something green (or another color)
- Something that feels smooth
- 4 leaves
- 2 toys
For little ones, by including colors, textures and numbers, you can make this activity educational and fun at the same time! Now, let’s look at some ideas for an indoor scavenger hunt. Here are some ideas for things to hunt for:
- Something to write with
- A blue object
- Something that lights up
- 3 yummy snacks
- Something soft
Then, after your scavenger hunt is over, join together around the table and share what you’ve found. And have a tasty, nutritious snack too. Besides, after all of the scavenger hunting, you’ll work up quite an appetite. So, make sure to visit Food Lion to pick up your snacking essentials ahead of time.
Play a Round of Bottle Bowling
Did you know that those empty water bottles in your recycling bin can be repurposed for a game of bowling at home? That’s right! Use your used water bottles for the pins, then grab a medium-sized ball from the garage, like a kickball or small soccer ball. That will be your bowling ball.
Next, set up your bottle “pins” (10 of them) on a hard surface — either a hallway indoors, on the back patio or in the driveway. But, if you choose the driveway, make sure to have the pins positioned against the house or garage door so your family isn’t bowling into the street. Safety first, right?
And if you want to make the game a little harder, pour a little water into each bottle to make them heavier and slightly more difficult to knock over.
Build a Backyard Obstacle Course
This last way to stay active at home will be a big hit for kids of all ages, including you, the parents! From setup to actually running through the obstacle course, this family activity is fun from start to finish. You’ll start by working together to collect items that can be used to build your obstacle course. And don’t worry; you won’t need big tires or a rope swing. You can use common household items (that you can easily find at Food Lion) like cereal boxes, liter soda bottles, brooms and so on.
- Stacked empty cereal boxes make great hurdles to hop over.
- Space out liter soda bottles in a straight line for an obstacle to run and weave in and out.
- Two chairs and a string or broomstick can create a bridge to crawl under.
- Brooms and mops placed parallel with a foot or two between them are perfect for quickly and carefully running through.
Get creative with your obstacle course. Then, once it’s built, take turns going through it and whoever gets the fastest time or doesn’t knock anything over, can be rewarded with a snack (or not having to do the dishes for the rest of the week). Of course, everyone can be a winner too! So, pass the snack rewards around.
With these five ideas, you now have the answer to “how to stay active at home” so you can make sure that you and your family get plenty of exercise and have some fun while doing it. Not sure which one to tackle first? Let your kids choose! They’ll love getting to pick the next activity to do as a family. Have a great time and stay safe everyone!