As winter draws closer, the colder weather and shorter daylight hours might tempt children to huddle indoors and stay glued to their screens. However, it’s better to ensure that children remain physically active throughout the year, even during the winter season. Staying active during wintertime not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but also helps combat the winter blues. At The Elevon, our very large playground facilitates many outdoor activities. In this blog, we will explore ten fun ways for children to stay active during the winter months.
Build a Snowman – This classic winter activity not only encourages abstract thinking if you are scavenging for eyes, nose, and other features but also provides an excellent workout for kids. Rolling snowballs and lifting them to create a snowman engages various muscle groups, promoting physical activity and teamwork.
Ice Skating – Ice skating helps children improve their balance and coordination. Many cities have indoor ice rinks where kids can take lessons or simply enjoy a day of skating with friends and family. Sledding – Sledding is a thrilling way to keep kids active during the winter months. The excitement of climbing up a hill and zooming down on a sled provides both cardiovascular exercise and plenty of laughter.
Indoor Swimming – Swimming doesn’t have to be a summer-only activity. Many indoor pools are open year-round, providing a great way for children to stay active while keeping warm. Swimming builds strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Dance Parties – Create a winter dance party at home! Turn up the music, move the furniture aside, and encourage your children to dance their hearts out. Dancing is a fantastic way to stay active and improve coordination. Indoor Sports – Look for indoor sports facilities in your area, such as indoor soccer, basketball, or volleyball courts. These options offer a great way for children to practice their skills and stay active during the winter.
Obstacle Courses – Set up obstacle courses in your home or backyard using pillows, furniture, and household items. Encourage your children to navigate these courses, improving their agility and problem-solving skills while staying active.
Winter Nature Walks – Don’t let chilly weather deter you from enjoying nature. Bundle up and go for winter nature walks. Explore the winter landscape, identify animal tracks, and enjoy the crisp, fresh air.
Staying active during winter months is not only possible but can prove incredibly fun. Encourage your children to embrace the season and explore these and more exciting activities. Remember, staying active during the winter not only benefits their physical health but boosts their mood and well-being.
At The Elevon, we utilize a combination of exercise, learning, and downtime with our children. , helping them flourish both now and in the future. We have a very large outdoor playground that allows lots of exercise throughout the year – especially in winter. If you have questions about The Elevon’s child care programs, we are happy to discuss how we work to ensure your child succeeds. Please feel free to reach out to us at 443.274.2097 or email at FrontDesk@TheElevon.com.