Exercising with your child
Sometimes it can be difficult to think of ways to keep the kids entertained, especially during the school holidays when there is lots more time to fill.
We asked parents for their top tips for keeping the kids entertained, active and having fun. Most importantly, these are things you can do to get active together.
- Challenge your child to make the longest bubble snake
- Encourage them to put on a show (with dance routines!). This could be a great way to get together with other local mums who are also looking to keep their little ones busy
- Add a run into your routine, could you run to the pool, school, or shops?
- Create an assault course in the garden or local park using everyday items like books to jump over or the laundry basket to throw stuff into
- Make the most of local parks. You don’t have to stick to the play apparatus – go bug hunting or see who can identify the most types of trees, and don’t forget to include your pets
- Have a go at Cosmic Kids yoga with some free YouTube videos
- Find your local Junior Parkrun, a series of 2k events for children aged between 4 and 14.
- Walk with purpose – try giving your kids a basket to collect things as they walk like pinecones or leaves and use them for an arts and crafts activity when you get home
- Get some help around the house. Can you get your child to help with cleaning or gardening? You could always tempt them with an activity of their choice as a reward for helping out
- Most kids love tech – why not find something that gives them a technology fix while getting active, like a dance off?
- Invest in an Aerobee (new type of frisbee). It costs around £10 but could provide hours of fun!
- Fly a kite with The Kite Society of Great Britain
- Ask your child what they would like to do. Can they invent their own game or sport? Get their creative juices flowing, and your heart rate pumping.