During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, it is more important than ever to keep ourselves and our children healthy and active. We have therefore compiled some ideas of how to keep moving at home.
Start the day with Joe Wicks P.E. session
Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, is on a campaign to become the nation’s P.E. teacher whilst the schools are closed. Each morning at 9am, he will be leading a 30 minute workout to get the blood pumping and the heart racing. What a great way to get the day off to a positive start!
It is important to keep both the mind and body healthy so why not give yoga a try?
https://www.cosmickids.com/ – for KS1 children. This website has fun and child-friendly yoga, dance, mindfulness and relaxation videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg – for KS2 children. This video offers some more challenging yoga poses for older children.
Attached below, you will also find the Breathe Calm Connect minipack of child-friendly yoga tips and poses.
Learn and move
The BBC Super Movers website offers fun curriculum linked resources to get your children moving while they learn.
This website has a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your children get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing.
This NHS website offers easy-to-follow Shake Up games inspired by your children’s favourite Disney characters. With just a few songs and some simple props, they will soon be throwing some superhero shapes, dancing in the jungle, hopping hippos, herding sheep and finding a friend who keeps hiding around the house!
These three websites offer a wealth of ideas for fun, easy and energetic indoor activities.
If you are lucky enough to have a private outside space that you can use, please try to get your children outside for at least 30 minutes a day. Here are some ideas for outdoor games:
- French cricket – The batsman stands stationary with the bat protecting their legs, their legs being the “stumps” of formal cricket. Whichever other player has the ball, throws it at the batsman attempting to get them out by hitting their legs. If the batsman hits the ball, the other participants may also get the batman out by catching it.
- Catch with penalties for dropping the ball such having to catch the next throw with only one hand, then having to stand on one leg. This goes on until you have no more lives. Spend some time making up the rules with your children so you’re all having fun together.
- Build an obstacle course and time yourselves completing it.
- Make a mud kitchen using old and / or unwanted kitchen equipment.
- Nature crafts – use the items you find in our garden to make a crown or a collage: the possibilities are endless!
- Draw shadow animals – put a piece of paper in the sun and place a toy animal on the paper. You can then trace the shadow the toy makes.