Activities inside the house, for those rainy days or while in quarantine.
Activities that can be performed in the backyard of your home.
Every section has a companion playlist on our YouTube channel, to help you and your children visualize the activities.
Workouts and YOGA
Physical activities and yoga help kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve their overall performance for the day. There is nothing better than to start your at-home-day with some minutes of exercise. This playlist includes some kid friendly yoga and workouts that could help you start your mornings healthier. Some benefits you could enjoy:
When kids practice yoga, they are essentially practicing their ability to focus on the task at hand. In their day-to-day lives, this translates to better focus and cognitive functioning at school, leading to improved academic achievement.
The physical practice of yoga helps to relieve tension and release negative emotions held physically in the body, helping them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Yoga takes some strength – both mentally and physically. When practiced regularly, we notice many physical and cognitive changes within ourselves
Like any physical exercise, practicing yoga helps kids to release their negative thoughts and feelings, bring about mental clarity, and feel better about themselves.
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This playlist includes really cool activities that both, parents and children, will enjoy. These are some ideas that I hope you will find easy to carry out and that you can adjust to your own liking and resources. Some of the games included on the playlist are:
Using inexpensive items in your house you could challenge your young ones to sort by color.
Balloons, tape, and shapes could transform a room into a challenging obstacle course. This will improve motor skills and teach them at the same time.
Make your child wonder how while performing really cool experiments, improving their science knowledge and having fun.
Following recipes teach your child to concentrate, follow directions, perform actions in a certain order, and motor skills, all these while bonding with you.
Some board games your child may enjoy
Every child is different. Some love puzzle solving, others enjoy socializing with family in a board game
A course will allow your child to run, work out, jump, crawl, have fun, and increase his/her motor skills and endurance.
Almost all the videos on the playlist have in common the use of pool noodles to create fun games.
Creating a pinwheel is a wonderful activity, it will allow your child to follow step by step directions, and at the same time, to experience wind and make questions about the direction and strength of the wind and how it all works.
Treasure and scavenger hunts are an easy activity to entertain and teach your children
All in one: pool noodles
Pool noodles are one of my favorite items to get creative and have fun in the backyard. They are colorful, relatively inexpensive, easy to find in dollar stores, and so versatile. These are some of the games you can play with pool noodles. For more games, watch the YouTube video 😉
Design a small course where your child will need to jump, crawl and run using bridges and obstacles made of pool noodles. Physical activities improve their coordination and release stress.
Painting on the floor with watercolor and the end of a pool noodle is a challenge. Have some laughs with your child by creating masterpieces together.
Ball Pool Noodle
Playing hockey with a pool noodle and an inflatable ball is a lot of fun. Try to score against each other! The run and the energy spent will make sure to give your child a good night of sleep.
With a frisbee on top of the pool noodle, the child will need a lot of coordination and equilibrium to get to the other side without letting the frisbee touch the ground.
Draw or print a map of your house or backyard, including some basic spots that your child will be able to find. Rip the map in some pieces and each piece should hint to the next one, until the child finds the treasure. You can change this game in so many different ways. You can even add learning into the mix. An example would be to use a combination lock and add some simple operations that will be the clue for the numbers on the lock. Be creative and you and your child will have a fun time.