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5 Winter Activities For Kids To Keep Them Active

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A recent study by the University of Cambridge found that, on average, a child’s activity level declines from over 65 minutes per day in the spring and summer months to under 48 minutes per day in the fall and winter months (that’s a 27% reduction!). These findings reinforce the importance of encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle for children as the days grow shorter and colder and opportunities for outdoor play are limited.

Depending on where you live, the chilly season can offer a variety of fun outdoor winter activities for kids. However, no matter your location, shorter days and busy schedules limit opportunities for outdoor play. Parents have to get extra creative to keep their kids moving on a normal day, let alone a cold, dark wintry one! Check out these 5 creative ideas for keeping kids active during the winter months:

  1. Create an indoor obstacle course with couch cushions, blankets, and dining chairs. If space permits, add activity stations for jumping jacks, forward rolls, and even hula-hooping.
  2. Visit your local mall for a creative (and free) scavenger hunt or game of “I Spy.”
  3. Go skating at the local ice rink for some winter-themed fun. Or if you’re looking for something a little warmer, check out the local bowling alley or indoor community pool.
  4. Play Freeze Dance with your favorite tunes. Once the music stops, the person who can’t stop moving and grooving is out. The last person dancing is the winner.
  5. Break out the board games for some quality, indoor family fun. Find your old favorite game new or used and create new lasting memories.

Kid-focused indoor activities like The Little Gym can be another great option for busy families providing age-appropriate programs available after school, on weekends, and even when school is not in session. Whatever approach works best for your family, establishing good habits in children needs to be a year-round priority to lay the foundation for an active, healthy lifestyle as they grow. To learn more about The Little Gym or to find a class near you, visit www.thelittlegym.com.

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