It’s easy for my kids to stay active in the summer. They swim, bike, run, and play outside, and there’s rarely a shortage of things to do. During the winter, though, it’s a little harder to get them motivated and moving. If you want to add physical education to your child’s schooldays this season, here are some things you could try:
Join a Team
The new year means new opportunities in sports. Many churches in our town offer programs for kids that aren’t competitive. Instead, they’re designed to teach the children new skills and get them playing on a team. Ask friends, family, and neighbors if they know of any sports programs starting up. You can also check with your local YMCA for upcoming activities.
Find a PE Class
Sometimes you just don’t know what’s available until you start asking around. My children participated in a homeschool PE class for years that was started just because there was a need. It was privately led by a retired high school soccer coach, and various moms were the helpers. Our YMCAs also offer PE classes to homeschoolers at a very reasonable rate.
Sign Up For Lessons
If you have the extra funds, classes that involve physical activities can be a great way to keep children moving. Activities such as gymnastics, dance, and indoor swimming are some possibilities.
Include the Family
Find activities in your area that the whole family can participate in. Roller skating, ice skating, and bowling are fun ways to spend an afternoon.
Have Fun at Home
There are lots of things you can do at home with your child to her active. Plan a dance party, either with just the two of you or a group of friends. As the music plays, give the children instructions on when to hop, twirl, skip, march, or jump in place. The children can even make up their own dances to share with each other.
Host a hula-hoop or jump-roping contest. Provide enough for each contestant. See who can go the longest or the fastest, and give prizes to the winners.
Play games like “Keep Up the Balloon.” Provide each player with a different color. Have them toss the balloon into the air, then keep hitting it so it doesn’t fall to the floor.
What are some ways to add physical education to your child’s schooldays this winter?
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