Don’t Think, Just Jump.

We are the laggards on our street when it comes to raking leaves every fall. This weekend we decided not to let the neighborhood down any longer and finally raked.

I actually enjoyed working in our yard. Not just because I worked up a sweat, but because of the spontaneous neighborhood party that ensued. Neighborhood kids were drawn to our yard because of the giant pile of crunchy leaves. They even named the pile Mount Everest. It was so. much. fun.

Half-way through the games I realized there was no elaborate set up. How could something awesome happen without elaborate planning? Duh, Alli. This is what kids do. They just need the right environment. Nice day and giant leaf pile? Don’t think, just jump.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recommends 60 minutes of physical activity for kids every day. This is a lot easier when I can just send my kids outside. But what about when the weather gets cooler?

I can set up an environment inside that helps my kids move. I looked at some ideas over at LiveStrong, Fitness Fun Forever, and an article titled, “Cure Cabin Fever with Active Play.” 

A few of my favorite ideas:

  • Obstacle courses
  • Dance parties with props like scarves, silly hats, or feather boas
  • Use painter’s tape to create a hopscotch court, balance beam, or jumping targets on your floor
  • Do Yoga DVDs together (can’t wait to do this one.)
  • Limit screen time

I want to know what you do to keep your family active indoors. Do you have any links? Photos? Instructions for a game? Share over at the Don’t Panic Mom Facebook Page.

Uh oh. There I go elaborately planning again…

Want to read more? Try this page from the CDC titled, “Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child’s Life.”