January 17, 2012

Homeschool Physical Activity Ideas

Keeping kids active while homeschooling can often be a challenge, but is so important!  I have found, that doing it with your kids is the best way to make it happen. Plus, it can be so much fun!  I want to share a few things we do in our family to keep active. 
  • Walks or hikes outside
  • Bike rides
  • Go to local parks
  • Play outside games: kick ball, four square, T-ball/baseball, soccer, hopscotch
  • Turn on music and dance!
  • Playing classic games like Tag, Mother may I, Red light-Green light, Hide and Seek 
  • Make homemade relay races- we set up various things- a mini trampoline, things to jump over and climb under, wagons to pull, etc.  My kids love this and it is so simple to do. 
  • There are lots of kids workout DVD's that you can buy online
  • Classes- dance, gymnastics, city sports teams, swimming, etc.
  • Local races in the summer time
  • Simple equipment like hula hoops and jump ropes can keep kids active for a long time.  Teach them some of the old fashioned jump rope rhymes:
Candy, candy in a dish, how many pieces do you wish? One, Two, Three...

Cinderella dressed in yellow went downstairs to kiss her fellow.  How many kisses did she give? One, Two, Three...

Remember these??  Or did you have some other favorites when you were a kid?

We have a fun little book called: Anna Banana- 101 Jump Rope Rhymes, by Joanna Cole.  My kids really love looking through it.

Another book that has been helpful is: The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book, by Guy Bailey.  It has some fun and simple ideas that can be done with kids with minimal equipment. Sometimes you need a little inspiration!

Another fun resource that I have found is Yoga Pretzels- 50 fun yoga Activities for Kids & Grownups.  This has cards that you pull out and it teaches you how to do poses in really fun ways.  We always really enjoy doing this together.

Invest in some simple equipment- hula hoops, jump ropes, balls- kick balls, soccer balls, baseballs, trampoline (or a mini one) swing sets- or a simple swing hanging from a tree.  Small things make a big difference. 

For Christmas, I sewed a hopscotch mat for my kids.  I sewed the lines with ribbon and painted the numbers- but you could make a simple one by taping it out with masking tape on the floor.  It's a great winter activity! 

Another thing that has been so wonderful for our family is a homeschool P.E. class that has been organized at our local recreation center.  We meet weekly and they have some wonderful activities!  Check with your local recreation center, maybe if there is enough interest, you could organize something like this as well. Or, if you want to do it on your own, contact other local homeschoolers and organize a class yourself. 

What does your family do to stay active?

Karyn is a mom to three young children. She just finished her first year of homeschooling. She grew up in FL and got a degree in Home Ec. Ed. from BYU. She taught school for a few years before having kids. Karyn loves learning along with her kids! Some hobbies: music, cooking, sewing, reading, & gardening. She runs two different blogs- one focused on homeschooling- Teach Beside Me, the other is a food blog.

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JRoberts said...

We really enjoy the Just Dance Kids for the Wii.

My boys are pretty awkwardly adorable when we play it. :)

We also take part in the Y activities. They always have some good ones for homeschoolers.

Ellen said...

Great ideas for PE! I have a hard time motivating my 10th grader to get physically active. Any ideas for older kids?

I love finding other Christian homeschoolers in the blogosphere! I look forward to reading more of your great posts. ~ Ellen