Healthy Children - July 2011

15 Simple Ways to Get Moving

Use these simple 15 outdoor activities to get your children moving. The activities listed only require you, your child, and your imagination.
Did You Know?

Physical activity for young children is an important component of early brain development and learning.

When adults model and teach the importance of physical activity, young children are more likely to adopt a lifetime of healthful practices and behaviors.

  1. Spread paper plates on the ground. Pretend they are rocks in a stream. Get from one side to the other without stepping in the stream.
  2. Work on moving in different ways - go outside and practice walking, running, galloping, skipping, jumping and hopping.
  3. Time to march! Pretend to have your favorite instrument and march as you play. Can someone guess what instrument you are playing? Bring real instruments outside and march in a band with friends.
  4. Rainbow Run - talk about the colors of the rainbow as you name colors, run and touch 3 things that are that color.
  5. Go for a walk - breathe in the air as you swing your arms and hold your head high.
  6. Take a walk; first go in straight lines, then curvy lines, and then try walking backwards.
  7. Get outside and practice running. When you are running work on pumping your arms front and back and moving in a straight line.
  8. Set up an obstacle course using things to jump over, go around and even under. See how fast you can do it.
  9. Find an open space and work on rolling in different ways...long, straight body and a curled up small body. Rolling down a hill is fun!
  10. Blow bubbles outdoors. Chase and catch the bubble before it pops.
  11. Pretend you are at a zoo. Identify an animal—move and sound like that animal.
  12. Pretend to be a growing flower. First you are a tiny seed in the ground and then grow into a big flower.
  13. Pretend to be a balloon—first without air, being blown up, floating around and then being popped.
  14. Motions of the weather—use your body to pretend to be different types of weather. Rain, wind, thunder, snow…get creative.
  15. Pretend to move like different foods—melt like a popsicle or pop like popcorn.


Reprinted with permission from Head Start Body Start