How to Keep Your Kids Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How to Keep Your Kids Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Some schools are closed, and sports practices are canceled. Our Netflix queues are calling to us, and our kids are feeling the same pull to spend all day on the couch during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But kids need exercise. Their bodies are growing and developing, and they need physical activity to stay healthy, even at home. Why do kids need exercise?

  • It develops their muscle strength and coordination.

  • It improves their cardiovascular health.

  • It keeps their bones strong.

  • It improves confidence and self-esteem.

  • It reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • It boosts concentration and alertness.

  • It helps control mood swings.

As we social distance and spend most of our time at home, it’s more important than ever for us to stay active and to find ways to keep our kids moving too.

Here’s how you can get your kids moving:

Exercise as a Family

When parents exercise, their kids are more likely to stay active too. You can plan ways to get the whole family moving and make it a fun activity for everyone. The best part? When you exercise as a family, you’ll get your kids active and help you bond as a family.

What kinds of activities can you do together?

  • Go for a pre- or post-dinner walk.

  • Turn on the music and have a family dance party.

  • Have a weekly sports night.

  • Team up and work in the yard as a family.

  • Take the dog for a walk.

  • Turn commercial breaks into fitness breaks.

There’s no limit to what you can do together. Discover what kinds of exercise your kids love the most, lace up your tennis shoes and sweat as a family.

Assign Active Chores

There are all kinds of tasks that need to be done around the house, and your kids should be helping out with chores that are based on their ages and capabilities. You can find ways to keep kids active while they learn about responsibility too.

Chores like mowing the lawn, washing the car or cleaning out the garage can get your kids up off the couch and moving around. What activity-based chores are right for your child’s age? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Under age 5: Make it a game and have your kids pick up their toys to a fast-paced song.

  • Ages 6-7: Your kids should be able to start helping with bigger chores like folding the laundry. Turn chores into kids’ active games by hopping or crab walking to deliver laundry to each room.

  • Ages 8-10: Have kids collect the trash and recycling from around the house so it is ready to take outside.

  • Ages 11-12: Your kids can start to do more intensive chores like dusting and vacuuming.

  • Ages 13-14: By the time your kids enter their teens, they can start doing things like mowing the lawn, washing windows and cleaning the garage.

There’s no better time than now to instill responsibility in your kids, and you’ll find new ways to keep them active too.

Turn It Into a Challenge

If you have a competitive kid, you can take advantage of this by setting age-appropriate activity goals and encouraging them to keep up. Challenge them to go on five bike rides per week, or encourage older kids to partake in a push-up challenge, or see how many days they can take an online exercise class for kids.

Here are a few ways you can get your kids moving:

  • See how many times they can jump rope without catching the rope.

  • Create a furniture obstacle course inside or build one outside and race through it, then see if they can beat their own record.

  • Conduct a clean-up race and see who can clean their room the fastest and the most thoroughly.

The best way to motivate your kids is by giving them a challenge they can come back to time and time again.

Get Into Nature

Head to the local park and breathe in some fresh air. You can go on a nature walk or take a hike. Pick new locations for hikes, and explore as many parks as you can—or even explore your own back yard.

For younger kids, you can engage them by creating a nature book. Bring a notebook and draw the leaves, flowers, birds and nature that you encounter on your walks, collect flowers to press, and make leaf rubbings by placing a piece of paper over a leaf and rubbing a crayon over it.

If your kids are science lovers, bring a bug catcher and magnifying glass to catch and inspect insects, and try to identify as many as possible.

Keep Your Kids’ Brains Active Too

Your kids need to stay physically active, but they need mental stimulation too. Quarantine is the perfect opportunity to develop their German language skills or get them started on learning a new language.

Kinderbooks has the books and educational tools you need to challenge your kids mentally. With books for early German readers to advanced German speakers plus resources for you, there’s no shortage of materials to keep your kids excited about learning a new language.

And when it’s time to take a break from all the activity? We have DVDs and CDs to unwind and relax while developing your kids’ German skills.

In carefree times or during the trials of quarantine, we’re here to help you give your children a strong foundation in German. Keep them moving, and keep them learning. Take a look at our wide selection of resources today!