School’s out and that means it’s time to relax, have some fun and spend time with family and friends. Gymfinity Kids Ambassador for Movement, Imogen Mohammed, shares her top tips for exciting things to do and the best ways to keep active during the school holidays, whatever the weather.
To enjoy the great outdoors…
Create a scavenger hunt
This is a fun activity to do in the garden, in the park or even inside the house. Create a list of objects for your child to find and set them the task of finding them all. You could even turn the game into a competition to see which child completes the list first.
Boost your walk
Going for a walk is a brilliant way to keep active and to enjoy the great outdoors, but lots of children find walks boring. You can make any walk more exciting by setting children fun and silly tasks along the way for example: skip to the next lamp post, hop over drains, bounce up and down every time you spot a red car.
Pitch a tent in your backyard and spend the night camping under the stars. You can roast marshmallows, tell stories around a campfire, and listen to the sounds of nature at night. It’s a great way to have a mini adventure without leaving your own backyard.
Set up an obstacle course in your backyard using everyday objects like chairs, hula hoops, cones, and balls. You can time each other and see who completes the course the fastest. This is a great way to get kids moving and to encourage them to be creative with their movements.
Set up an outdoor art station in your backyard with paper, paint, markers, and other materials. Let your child’s creativity run wild as they create masterpieces inspired by nature.
Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. You can download the Geocaching app and search for hidden treasures in your local area. It’s a great way to explore new places and to get kids excited about using technology in a fun and interactive way.
If it’s a hot day, set up some water games in your backyard like a slip and slide, water balloon toss, or a sprinkler dance party. It’s a fun way to cool off and to get some exercise at the same time.
Set up a mini Olympics in your backyard with events like a long jump, relay race, and shot put. You can even create medals for the winners. This is a great way to get kids excited about sports and to encourage friendly competition.
On rainy days…
Create a dance routine – Whether it’s inspired by ballet, jazz, street dance or your child’s own personal style, dancing is a fun physical activity, allowing children to enjoy and learn new skills simultaneously. YouTube is a great source of inspiration to learn a new routine and a dance recital in front of family and friends is a great way to show off new moves.
Alphabet Animals – Using masking tape, create large letters on the floor – this works on any surface and you can make as many letters as your space allows. Call out a letter and an animal-themed movement, which children then have to follow. For example: slither like a snake to the letter B or hop like a frog to the letter A. This is a fantastically fun game to get kids moving.
Try a new recipe – With all of this activity everyone is bound to be hungry, so why not try a new recipe. Here are some of my favourite recipes created by Gymfinity Kids Ambassador for Nourishment, Annabel Karmel, which are all perfectly suited to fuel hungry tummies and to get get children involved in cooking:
Puppy, Panda & Monkey Cupcakes
No-Sugar Chocolate Orange Energy Balls
Carrot & Apple Muffins
Cherry Tomato & Spinach Bunny Quiches
Join a Gymfinity Kids holiday camp
All our clubs welcome members and non-members aged 6 – 14 years old to join our holiday camps, which are jam-packed and full of action and are designed to inspire energetic bodies to get moving.
More information can be found here.