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Games and Activities to Get Kids Moving

Updated on May 16, 2012

Can you get them to stay away from the Wii?

Kids Playing Wii
Kids Playing Wii | Source

Why aren't kids moving as much as they should be?

People often blame computer games, video games and Wii games for their children’s anti-exercise symptoms. Ironically, parents are the ones who provided all the equipment and make them accessible for their kids. I believe we are aware of the importance of parents getting involved in their kids lives. If parents are willing to spend time with their kids and guide them to do activities that are beneficial to their physical growth, kids will be a lot happier and more willing to participate in the activities when they have their parents be part of the games or support them while they're playing the games. Playing with your kids or supporting your kids activities is a great way to bond with your kids while having fun at the same time. Here are some fun activities we do as a family and they keep our kids moving.

Fun Activies for kids

Kids Biking in a Neighborhood
Kids Biking in a Neighborhood | Source
A Kid Playing in Water
A Kid Playing in Water | Source
Kids Playing Tag with Their Parent
Kids Playing Tag with Their Parent | Source
Family Hiking
Family Hiking | Source
Children Playing Soccer in a Park
Children Playing Soccer in a Park | Source
Children Flying Kites in a Park
Children Flying Kites in a Park | Source

15 Activites to Keep Kids Moving

If the weather permits, these activities will get your kids moving:

  1. Biking - it strengthens the leg muscles, burn calories fast and improve heart and lung health. Bike with your kids in your neighborhood or nearby parks. Just make sure you put on your safety gear such as helmet and bring a bottle of water.
  2. Swimming - It the best activity in summer if your kids like water. An exercise that involves your whole body movement. My kids started their swimming lessons at ages 4 to 5. Now I can’t keep them from staying still once they are in the water.
  3. Tagging - Excellent way to practice running. Students are required to take fitness test each school year and running is one of the requirement.
  4. Hiking - Take your kids out to explore nature. It helps strengthen leg muscles. Kids can get very excited when they spot a blue jay or a deer.
  5. Frisbee - Another great exercise that requires you to exercise all parts of your muscles. You would need to bend down to pick up a Frisbee, lean back to throw a Frisbee, look up, run and jump up to catch a Frisbee.
  6. Playing balls - There are many sports involve balls, such as tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, tether ball and bocce ball. Pick the ball that your kids like so that they can have fun exercising.
  7. Kite flying - On a windy day. let your kids picked out kites they like and bring them to a park or an open space and enjoy the time watching the kites flying in the sky.
  8. Neighborhood hunt - Kids are naturally curious. Take them out to hunt for something they are interested in. One time my kids spent a whole hour walking around the neighborhood just to hunt for bird nests. They were very excited each time they spot one and they also kept count. If they get bored of walking, let them ride on their scooters or Rip stick.
  9. Take them to a playground - Once kids are in a playground, they would know to exercise while having fun with all those creative play structures. It is also a great place for you kids to make some new friends.

Crazy Dance
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Fun activities for indoor

Can’t go outside because it’s raining or too cold? Here are some fun activities that can still keep your kids move:

  1. Move with music - Record 10 - 20 of your kids’ favorite songs/music. Turn them on and do crazy dance together. You'll be amazed how much fun you and your kids will have.
  2. Where did little Meow Meow go? - Hide a stuff animal or toy that your kids love and ask them to search the house for that missing stuff animal or toy. Kids will enjoy the moment when they finally have found their beloved stuff animal or toy.
  3. Keep that balloon up - Pump up a balloon with air and try to keep it up in the air with your kids. Or each one of you have a balloon in the air and see who can keep the balloon up the longest.

Jump Roping
Jump Roping | Source

Fun activities for both indoor and outdoor

  1. Jump roping - if rope jumping is too much for you, you can be the one who holds and swings the rope for your kids to jump.
  2. Shop together - Take your kids along when you go shopping. Teach them how to pick a good product and let them help to pick out the items that you need. This can be both physical beneficial and educational.
  3. Hula hoop contest: Keep track with the record each time and challenge them to break their own record. Turn on the music so that they can move to the rhythm.

If you want to keep your kids away from sitting down and playing on the computer, video and Wii games, invest your money on equipment that will make them move and your time to move along with them. If you do so, there will be healthy kids as well as healthy parents in the family.

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    • alliemacb profile image

      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Great hub with good ideas to get kids moving. The added bonus is that to do these, the adult also has to get up and out of the house so it's great all round. Voted up.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      You're absolutely right, alliemacb. These activities do keep my husband and me moving. We just did a 2 hours neighborhood-hunt and picked up the trash along the way today. And the kids felt proud of themselves for keeping the neighborhood clean. Thank you for the vote up.

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      twoseven 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great ideas! I'm glad you included inside and outside activities - it's been rainy lately and I've been trying to think of what to do inside to keep my son moving so he has fun, and sleeps well! Thanks for the ideas.

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      TahoeDoc 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      Great job. It seems that no matter how much we stress the need for kids to be active, some parents still don't understand that the best way to get kids to move is to move themselves. Kids will either follow your example, or you can be active with your kids. Either way, they are more likely to be active if you are.

      We like to go on nature walks around the neighborhood. We take a magnifying glass when we do this. It helps to keep their interest longer and adds a new dimension of exploration. Before you know it, we have hiked into the woods and covered over a mile of walking.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      I am glad you liked the ideas here twoseven. Have fun playing with your son. :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      It is an excellent idea to bring a magnifying glass along, TahoeDoc. We used to have a magnifying glass, but couldn't find it after we've moved to a different house. So we carry a monocular when we go hiking now.

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      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      I want fun at every moment at my childhood and you explain here different type funny activity. Biking and playing with ball was my favorite sports.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Excellent! Voted up and shared!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you traslochimilano for reading by and commenting.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Mmargie1966 for vote up.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      This is a nice list of activities. I like that you included both outdoor and indoor things to do. I laughed at the balloon idea - my kids love to do that.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      My kids love Keep the Balloon Up game. They play it almost every time they see a balloon on the floor. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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