It’s no mystery that little kids are great bundles of energy! As a mother of two, I never feel guilty about missing a workout because keeping pace with my teeny brats is some heavy-duty exercise in itself. On regular days, my little ones enjoy exploring the outdoors and come back home exhausted enough to hit the bed quietly.
On days when the weather is not favorable, however, it’s rather hard to keep them calm. They continue to scuttle between video gaming and TV watching, and when they’ve had enough of both, they crib about how bored they are. Well if this sounds like your story, then I’ve lined up five fabulous energy-burning activities that your kids are going to enjoy thoroughly! These will surely relieve you of your worry of struggling to put them to sleep at night:
- Crossing The Barriers – Your kids sitting bored indoors on a rainy afternoon? Shake things up a little and let the fun begin! Create an indoor barrier course for your kids with the help of a few old sheets, chairs, pillows and other household essentials. You can ask your kids to climb huge pillow mountains, chair tunnels, and beams made using rolled towels. In between the barriers, you can add some tasks like simple maths, coloring, looking for something in a sandbox, etc. This activity is a great way to help your kids burn their excess energy, especially after they’ve gobbled down their favorite chocolate cake and are on a major sugar rush!
- DIY Hopscotch – There’s no childhood memory that can ever be complete without hopscotch. You can create a hopscotch grid for your little ones right at home using scotch tape, and you can number the boxes using chalk in just a matter of minutes. Hopscotch is a fun way to keep your kids engaged while also improving their coordination, balance, and fine motor skills. My cuties love all the hopping, jumping and tumbling while I love capturing the funny moments from the corner.
- Dance N’ Drama – Who doesn’t love to shake a leg? My kids are born dancers (my genes might have something to do with that) and never say no to a dancing All I do is put on their favorite dance numbers and ask them to follow my steps. I also try and squeeze in some simple stretches that help a great deal in exercising my kids’ growing muscles. It’s one of their favorite activities, and they always insist we have a dance session each time their friends come over for a visit! I am forever game!
- Balloon Baddy – My kids enjoy playing badminton, and it’s one of their favorite sports. For days when they’re stuck indoors, I still let them have a feeler of their favorite game, but with a balloon instead of a shuttlecock. As there’s not much room for the shuttlecock to fly to and fro, a balloon works very well because it moves slowly as my kids hit it with their rackets, back and forth. Ensure the room that your kids are playing in is large and free of breakables. By the end of their balloon baddy session, your kids are sure to plonk themselves on a couch asking you when the lunch/dinner will be ready!
- Pillow Fight – A fight doesn’t always have to mean violence; it can also mean truckloads of fun! Bring out the pillows and let your kids have a ball! Just ensure your kids don’t get too aggressively involved in the fight and end up hurting each other in the bargain. This activity is a good way to teach them some self-control as well. My kids, husband and I often get together for crazy pillow fighting shenanigans every once in a while that always ends with lots of laughter and excitement!Do try out these activities with your kids and let me know how much they enjoyed them! Happy playtime!
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally Savvy, Curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.
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