It is easy enough to encourage your kids to be active, when the weather is dry. But do you often wonder what to do on a rainy day, to expend some energy? Here are 6 Fun Active Games For Kids, Perfect For A Rainy Day!
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You’re stuck indoors, what to do with the kids to burn off some of that energy that builds up. Here are 6 fun games you can play indoors with the kids.
6 Fun Active Games For Kids Perfect For A Rainy Day
#1. Hold a Dance-a-Thon
Make your home a disco heaven, with a dance-a-thon to get everyone moving. Dig out the old cds and play some musical games:
- Musical Chairs
- Musical Statues
- Best and Worst Dancer Competition
- Get everyone to try the Can Can
- Limbo dancing
Stop for a minute in the middle and count their heart rates with you (they can feel for their pulse in their neck and count during 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to get their heart rate).
#2. Obstacle Course
Create an indoor obstacle course with plenty of climbing, crawling, hopping, jumping, falling on cushions/mattresses and let the kids go mad and try to beat each other’s times round the course.
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#3. Step Aerobics
If you have stairs in your house, you can do some step aerobics!
- First get the kids racing up and down them 10 times in a row.
- Then they should try calf raises up and down off the bottom step.
- Finally jump down and up the bottom step 10 times.
#4. Follow the Leader
Turn on the music, and get the kids exercising – trying hopping, or jumping jacks. If you have more than one child, get them to take turns being the leader, and the others have to follow whatever exercise they are doing.
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#5. Skipping and Hula Hooping
Clear some space, get the skipping ropes and hula hoop out and have a skipping and hula hoop contest!
#6. Stretching and Yoga
Put on some relaxing music, and get the kids to stretch, and try to touch their toes without bending their knees, bend one leg backwards and hold their foot with their hand, or twist from side to side without moving their feet.
The Tree pose is a good yoga pose to start kids off with, it helps with balance and breathing.
Next try the Cat pose where you are on your hands and knees, lower your head and arch your back gently, then raise your head and curve your back the other way.
And if you do need to get them out of the house, check out our Top Ten Things To Do Outside In The Rain
Over to you now. How do you keep the kids active on a rainy day? Any other active games for kids you can recommend? Tell us in the comments below.