Pediatricians recommend that children get 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and finding winter activities to keep kids moving during the cold, dark days of winter can be a challenge. One way to make sure your kids are getting enough exercise is to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine. As long as children are properly dressed, getting outdoors to play should not be difficult or uncomfortable – here are a few of our favorite winter activities:
Take a winter hike.
Explore rock formations, frozen streams, and leafless trees and note how different they look in the winter.
Play in the snow.
Build a snowman/ snow woman or snow family, or create an entirely new type of snow sculpture. Gather friends, build a snow fort, and engage in a rollicking snowball fight.
Have a game of snow football or snow soccer.
Create a space and try running and kicking in the snow – it’s not as easy as it looks!
Go ice skating!
Strap on your skates and head to the local rink. Gliding on ice builds muscles and really gets your heart pumping.
Find Indoor Play Areas
For those days when it’s too cold to play outside, investigate local indoor play spaces and recreation facilities – many may have structured gymnastics, sports teams, or classes aimed at building skills for spring sports.
Keeping your children active not only keeps their bodies healthy, but also promotes self-esteem and a positive attitude.
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