Now that school closures are in full effect I see lots of parents wondering how to keep their kids busy at home. Don’t worry, the Young Parent Program is here to share resources, activities and tips and tricks that will help you keep your little ones active and engaged.
With the weather being as unpredictable as it normally is in Saskatchewan, we may not be fully prepared or able to go outside and play, therefore I’ve found a Canadian website full of fun activities and games that will keep your kids moving! The website is called Fit Kids Healthy Kids and is supported by Doctors Manitoba.
Here is the link: https://fitkidshealthykids.ca/! Some highlights from the site are as follows:
- The Basic Skills Tab – explores the gross motor skills children need in order to open the door to lifelong sport and activity.
- The Games Tab – there are multiple games that can be filtered by age rage, equipment needed or type of skill being built.
- The Tools Tab – provides you with action cards that can be printed out and used at home!
It’s important to maintain a physical lifestyle even though some of us are in isolation. When kids are given the opportunity to run, jump, kick, dance and be silly we are allowing them to relieve stress through their bodies. Relieving stress leads to a more focused mind, better sleep and an over all increase in mental well being.
PRO TIP: If you have access to a printer, try this way of choosing activities!
- Go to the “Tools” tab mentioned above.
- Print out the “Activity Cards”.
- Cut them out individually.
- Put them in a hat/bucket and get your kids to pick out an activity randomly.
- Coach your children through the game and play the role of referee (if necessary).
Help your community work towards flattening the curve by staying home if possible.
Stay healthy, stay connected – We’re all in this together!