Making exercise fun for kids can be a challenge for many parents, especially those who work full-time and have difficulty making time for their own exercise routines. However, coming up with exercise activities for kids is not as hard as you might expect. Here are some ideas for keeping the kids entertained and active at the same time.
Bocce ball is an Italian game that kids and adults have fun playing. One player throws a small, white ball into the yard and players toss heavier balls toward this target. The player whose ball comes closest to the target wins. This game is beneficial for kids because Bocce balls provide light weight lifting, and trekking across the lawn to check targets several times throughout the game provides a cardio workout as well. Kids won't even know they're exercising as they play.
Jump Rope Games
Jump rope games and ditties have long been a popular exercise staple on the school playground and are helpful for making exercise fun for kids. Encourage kids to make up their own jump rope phrases and keep them jumping as many times in a row as possible without stopping. You might even organize a friendly competition with non-edible prizes to determine which child can jump the most times in a row.
Kids love table games, especially ping pong. If you don't own a ping pong table, just purchase the paddles and ping pong balls and set up a vertical obstacle, like a rolled up towel or poster or a row of books, in the middle of a table. Be sure to leave plenty of space around the ping pong table for kids to run around and hit the ball.
Timed Treasure Hunts
Hide small treasures, like rocks, toys or marbles, in various places around the yard. Give your kids a list and have them search for each object in trees and bushes and on the porch. Put a time limit on the search and have kids run to and from each hiding place to find the treasure quickly. Making exercise fun for kids is easy when you just increase the energy at which they perform regular playground activities. But don't tell them it's good for them, or they might just lose interest!