Getting up and moving when it’s so comfy being snuggled up on the couch covered in blankets is hard! However, being cooped up indoors can make kids restless. Activities that keep them moving and active indoors are invaluable. According to the American Psychological Association, being active can support mental health, help with self-regulation and attention, and is linked to better thinking skills. Physical play can also support coordination, motor skill development, and confidence. Here are some activities to keep your little one moving, even when they're stuck inside:
Go Noodle has plenty of videos to get your kids up and moving. Here’s a holiday themed indoor recess video that will get kids up and dancing.
Grover from Sesame Street has a playground workout wheel that you can virtually spin to land on different movements you can do with the Muppets. Or if your kid prefers one character over the rest, they can pick that character over and over and there will still be different movements!
REI provides a bunch of activity ideas for staying active at home. Some of them are outdoor, but there are a bunch of indoor ones, too!
Here are some ideas from PBS to help release some energy, like scavenger hunts and tightrope walking!
Need book recommendations? Drake Community Library has got you covered with an Indoor Playtime booklist!
Family Fun Boredom Busters by Deanna F. Cook
Great Big Book of Children’s Games by Debra Wise
Play with Small Boxes and Play with Big Boxes by Liz & Dick Wilmes
Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Kingloff
Super Simple Walk & Run by Nancy Tuminelly
For more titles check out our online catalog at: drakelibrary.org