Do you remember when kids’ imaginations took them to new worlds and new frontiers in this world? You can help your little ones recapture that when they’re bored with being indoors during cold weather months. Even simple activities can be fun and can help shake off the boredom of being cooped up indoors. Explore a few of these options, and try some of your own. Tailor them to your children’s age levels. You just might be surprised at the attitude adjustments that occur with activity.
- Do you have a staircase? Have the kiddos climb up on their knees, then bump/slide down on their backsides. Hey, Everest climbers have to start somewhere.
- Make a train of boxes—you know, box cars. Take turns being the engineer. Travel to the wilds or an exotic city.
- Write up clues for a scavenger hunt that takes the kids throughout the house. Make the prize worth their work.
- Play a rousing game of Simon Says.
- Build a fort of furniture and covers.
- Put a hula hoop or two to good use.
- Play Twister. Remember that oldie? Still a goodie.
- Try a game of Charades. “Guess which animal I am!” Simple as that.
Do you have a treadmill? Weights? Jump rope? Indoor trampoline? Any exercise equipment? Let the kids give your equipment a work-out. To tunes. Or to a timer.
Remember calisthenics? Put them through a regimen of jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, running in place, squats and whatever else you recall while pumping out the tunes.
If all else fails, get them involved in interactive video games. Competing at bowling can get them moving, at least a little bit, and can help get their spirits up.
Active kids are healthy and happy kids. When you instigate activity, you’re helping them physically and mentally, and not just for today, but also for their future. Burning calories helps keep weight down. Jumping and running strengthens bones. Playing and laughing together ups endorphins and lowers risk of depression. Kids that expend energy are better able to concentrate on their studies, and behave better, too. Whatever keeps kids from sitting around helps protect them from cardiovascular and other diseases later in life that can result from a sedentary lifestyle.
Your children receive the best of care at Sumner Regional Medical Center. We’ve been tending to the healthcare of children for more than fifty years. Our dedicated pediatrician unit and staff are here to give your children the competent, compassionate care they need when they need it. Your little one’s visit or stay will be as comfortable and pleasant as we can make it.
When children need medical care, they’ll get the finest care available at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, TN.