This classic game never gets old, and you don’t need any equipment to play. Let your kiddos take turns being the leader, directing the others to match their every move. Encourage them to get active by hopping, skipping, crawling, shuffling and using their imaginations.
2. Have a dance party
Pop in your favorite tunes, crank up the volume and get moving and grooving! For extra fun, kill the lights and turn on some fun lighting, like a disco ball or some lava lamps. Kids can compete for best dance move, or you can simply make up a dance to an entire song.
3. Create a scavenger hunt
Hide things all over the backyard or throughout the house and have kids race to find each clue. If you want to sneak even more exercise into this activity, include requirements with each clue, like “Do four cartwheels before moving on,” or “Make up a funny dance.” This activity is fun because it can be elaborate and long or short and sweet.
4. Draw a maze on the driveway
Chalk can help you create beautiful masterpieces, but it can also assist in some fun fitness activities. Draw an elaborate, detailed maze all over the driveway, then let your little ones run (or race) through it! This activity encourages fitness and creativity at the same time!
5. Sock skating
If you have hard surfaces in your house, put on some socks and slide around. Kids can practice spinning and seeing who can slide the farthest. Pretend you are professional ice skaters in the middle of a frozen pond in the winter. Be careful of corners, however, and watch for splinters!
6. Have a pillow fight
It’s an age-old activity, and pretty much every little kid’s dream! We recommend using pillows other than the feather-filled versions, unless you enjoy having a house covered in feathers.
7. Make an obstacle course
Using couch cushions, pots and pans, and plenty of other household objects, construct an engaging and challenging obstacle course. Kids can climb under blankets stretched between the couch and coffee table, or they can somersault across the living room. Take this kind of play outside if you want more room to move around.
8. Wheelbarrow or crab walk races
These tough, yet funny positions are both fun to attempt and hilarious to watch. Have kids race from one end of the yard to another, or time a pair to see how long it takes them to wheelbarrow around the house three times.
9. Go for a hike or nature walk
Who says walking long distances has to be boring? Pick a scenic trail, strap on your hiking boots and explore the outdoors! If you don’t live in a mountainous area, go for a nature walk in a park, by a pond, or in the woods and investigate the landscape. Do a little research beforehand, and the exercise doubles as an academic lesson.
10. Red light, green light
It’s an oldie, but a goody! Play the “red light, green light” game in the backyard, and help kids exercise and learn about following directions. Add color visuals by making a red or green sign to help children learn about color as well!
Families who are active together, get healthy together. To help get everyone moving and sitting less, play this fun fitness activity, called FitBall. It is easy to play since it is similar to the hot potato game and uses little equipment. The person holding the ball when the music stops chooses a fitness activity for all to participate. All ages will enjoy playing this fitness activity!
How to Play FitBall:
DIY FitBall (see instructions below)
Music on a device
Speakers to play the music
DJ – A person in charge of starting/stopping the music during the game.
Participants arrange themselves in a circle.
The DJ starts the music and participants will hand or toss the beach ball from one person to the next while the music is playing.
When the music stops, the person holding the beach ball picks the activity closest to his or her right thumb for the group to perform. Make sure everyone has the appropriate space before starting the activity.
Return to your group circle and continue playing the game as time allows.
If an exercise is chosen that has already been done during that activity, the participant can select the closest exercise that has not been completed.
Participants will be tempted to hit the ball like playing volleyball and may cause the activity to become louder due to everyone getting excited. If you would like a calmer game, instruct participants that they cannot hit the ball.
Make Your Own FitBall:
Beach Ball, approximately 12 inch
List of Fitness Activities for Beach Ball
Air up beach ball.
Using a permanent marker, write 3-4 fitness activities per color panel on a beach ball. Modify or change activities as needed depending on the age of the participants. For younger children, use activities such as jump like a frog, hop like a bunny, or walk like a penguin. Here is a list of activities that you could use for each panel of the beach ball:
10 Toe Touches
10 Arm Circles (Backward)
Run in Place for 10 counts
Stork Stand (Hold each leg for 5 counts)
5 Side to Side Jumps
5 Jumping Jacks
Butterfly Sit (Hold for 10 counts)
Straddle Sit (Left, right, center for 5 counts each)
10 Lunges (Alternating Legs)
10 Shoulder Rolls (Forward 5 times & backward 5 times)
When working with kids, it’s important to engage them with fun and challenging fitness activities. These fitness games for kids can help them learn how to improve their functional movement patterns, cardiovascular efficiency, and balance, all while having a good time.
Arm And Leg Tag
Games are a fun way to help kids participate in interval training, boost their heart rates and get them laughing. Learn how a game of arm and leg tag helps with skills such as change of direction, coordination and balance. For more exercise game ideas, read the full article.
Cone Obstacle Course
An obstacle course is a simple and effective way to help kids achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily aerobic exercise. In addition to general fitness, kids also learn critical skills needed for development, such as balance and coordination. Learn how a simple obstacle course featuring mountain climbers, jumping jacks and single-leg balance hops can get kids’ minds moving as well as their bodies, all while having fun. Read the full article for more ideas.
A relay race is a simple and effective way to help kids achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily aerobic exercise. In addition to general fitness, kids also learn critical skills needed for development, such as balance and coordination. Learn how a simple relay race including jumping jacks, running, skipping and sidestepping can build speed and agility, and improve confidence while incorporating fun into exercise. Read the full article for more ideas.