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Fun Ideas to Get Active

Here are some fun ideas to help your family get active together.
 
1-3 year olds:
  • Dance to your child’s favourite music.
  • Teach your child the games you played as a child.
  • Read your child a story and act it out.
  • Sing a song with actions movements like jumping and stretching.
  • Toss or roll different sized balls to each other.
  • Go for a walk together - if you are pushing your child in a stroller or pulling a wagon, encourage your child to help pull or push for short distances.
3-5 year olds:
  • Play throw and catch games with soft objects – start with larger objects and as skills improve, move to smaller ones and get them to use both right and left hands.
  • Try balancing games with different parts of the body.
  • Build an obstacle course, a fort, play hide and seek, or plan a scavenger hunt to actively explore.
  • Be active in all kinds of weather: jump from puddle to puddle, make snow angels or jump in piles of leaves.
  • Go for a fun walk – walk slowly, quickly, with heavy steps, on tiptoes, zigzag, with little steps and with big steps and, add hops, skips and running.
6-9 year olds:
  • Let your children pick the activities they want to do.
  • Play games or sports with your child.
  • Sign your child up for age-appropriate sports and activities at your local community centre.
  • Go for a family hike and use it as an opportunity for everyone to learn about nature.
  • Get outside and skate, toboggan or ski at the nearest rink or ski hill - use local football and soccer fields too. 
10-14 year olds:
  • Become a volunteer or assistant coach - choose a sport that your child enjoys.
  • Let your child choose a variety of activities to try and to find the one(s) he/she likes.
  • Play games or sports with your child.
  • Use the driveway for a game of street hockey or any other fun activity.
  • Go sledding or snow tubing at a nearby hill.
  • Sign up for sports and activities at your local community centre.

Learn more:

Source: Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. "How to motivate your child to get active." Retrieved from: www.mhp.gov.on.ca