We all couldn’t wait for winter to pass so we could enjoy the nice weather and outdoor backyard activities. However, it looks like our winter isolation will now be extended due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which has forced families around the globe to self-isolate for their own safety.
Though a lot of us are having to spend more time indoors, that doesn’t mean our health should suffer. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, children that are older than six need at least one hour of physical activity daily. And for a child’s optimal development of physical and mental health, three days of vigorous exercise weekly is needed.
So, if you are wondering how to achieve this but remain safe, we have the answers! Here are some of the most interesting and imaginative physical activities you can get your kids stuck into in the safeness of your backyard.
- Get green fingers!
Spring is a time where everything blossoms, so why not get gardening with your children? They will feel mature when you trust them with digging, watering or raking the earth and you can teach them that with love and patience they can cultivate their own garden!
- Play soccer
Incorporating physical activity gives a foundation for a healthy life. Your backyard soccer does not have to be all discipline and strict rules. You can just relax and let your children enjoy themselves while practicing how to dribble, pass or make a shot!
- Make a treehouse or playhouse
Investigate your basement or garage for useful supplies (that’s you – not the kids)! Anything from screws, planks, ribbons, blankets and hardware materials can come in handy while making a treehouse with your children. Once built, they can enjoy tea parties, play hide and seek or even have a sleepover during the summer. Of course, if this sounds like too much effort – and mess! – there are some lovely outdoor playhouses available online too. Everyone will enjoy it, and your children will be the most popular kids in the neighborhood!
- Make a sandpit
A couple of clicks on Amazon and you can order some sand to make a sandbox! Choose one corner of your backyard for this activity and let your children be led by imagination as they discover and mold like little sculptors. They can make sand sculptures, castles, battlefields, or even recreate the surface of the moon.
- Play catch
Play as old as time and yet so simple and with so many possibilities! From football to frisbees and boomerangs, the whole backyard is yours to cover! Why not get the pets involved too? They’re likely also feeling a little unsettled in the current climate, so engaging them both physically and mentally in a game of catch or tug-of-war will do wonders for their mental health.
- Put pedal to metal
If you have a lot of land, now is the time to use it! Motorized bikes, such as kids ATVs, are great for children who want to have fun and be free! There are many sizes according to the age of your child, and all that is left to do is to provide them with protective gear such as helmets and pads!
- Make a theater stage
Kids love to play out things, and when we say love, we mean they ADORE it! So, make a small improvised stage and let your children come up with a play or a musical and act it out for you!
- Outdoor easel
Kids love to draw with chalk and will go wild if they see they can draw in their backyard on a board with no rules. You can make your own chalkboard or if you have an old one, even better! The children will be happy, and you do not have to clean the chalk dust afterward!
- Put skates into action
Including wheels into children’s playing routine is always an appealing idea! If you have protective gear for your kids and flat ground, why not whip out the inline skates, roller blades or their bike? And if you want to get into some physical activity yourself, you can also put on some skates and ride next to them! Being involved with children’s play is just as important as the act itself!
Being physically active is important for everyone, especially children. Even in times like these, you can easily keep your little ones off their phones, tablets, and computers. Being isolated is no reason to be bored and helpless. Use your imagination and our ideas for activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained!