If you are looking for a way to get your kids to exercise but are running into road blocks along the way, the try incorporating some kids fitness games into the mix. When children are playing games they are less interested in the fact that they are exercising, and more interested in the fact that they are having a blast. There are several games that children of all ages can play to stay active and some of them can be found below.
Kids Fitness Games for Toddlers
It is never too early to start turning your kids on to different kinds of exercise. Instead of sitting them in front of a TV, try some of these fun and entertaining kids fitness games to get them up and moving around.
Duck Duck Goose
This is a popular favorite among toddlers. Everyone sits in a circle, and then one person stands up to pat each head and say duck, duck, duck. Eventually the child will touch someone’s head, and that child will need to get up and catch them before the person who was it can run to the open spot and sit down. If they beat the goose they get to sit while the new child picks the goose.
Hide and Seek
Another favorite with young children, hide and seek is really fun for all ages but easy enough for toddlers to pick up. One child counts to ten or an adult can help them, while the other children hide. After the appointed time, they go and try to find the other kids and tag them before they reach home base. If they tag someone they are no longer it and get to be a child that hides.
Kids Fitness Games for 5-12 Year Olds
As children get older they will require more detailed games in order to keep them interested. Luckily, there are plenty of games that fall into that category. A few of them can be found below.
Capture the Flag
There are two teams in this game, and both of them have a flag of some sort on opposite ends of the field. Each team tries to run and capture the others flag and bring it back to their side. The first team to do it wins.
Give children an old blanket to play with, and they can take turns sitting on it, while they pull one or more around the grass with it. If you have steep hills around your home, give your children some cardboard boxes to slide down them with. They may not use much energy sliding down hills, but thing of the exercise they will get climbing back up.
If you put some thought into it, you can come up with a wide range of kids fitness games that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. The examples below should give you a few ideas, but try to keep your children’s own interests in mind when you think of games for them to play.