Active games for parents and kids to play together


Playing active games together with your kids is a fantastic way to have fun, bond, and promote physical activity. Here are some simple, exciting and engaging games that you can play together:

Obstacle Course: Create an obstacle course using pillows, hula hoops, cones, and other items you have at home. Take turns guiding each other through the course, crawling under chairs, jumping over cushions, and balancing on a line. If your child is competitive, time yourselves and see who can complete the course the fastest! If your child is creative, have them think of new ways to use the items.

Dance Party: Clear some space in your living room and have a dance party with your kids. Put on some upbeat music and let loose! Put a twist on this and have the children lead with the dance moves and you follow them. This kid choreography is a great way to build leadership skills and make up some silly moves!

Keepy uppy: Blow up a balloon and hit it with different body parts so that it doesn’t touch the ground. If the children need more motivation, you can watch this quick clip from a TV show to demonstrate how the game works. To make this activity more difficult, add in pool noodles or make a homemade racquet.

Cat and mouse: Find a ribbon or scarf and tuck it into the back of either your pants or the childs. Whoever has the tail has to run away (the mouse), while the other person (the cat) chases them and tries to grab the tail. When the tail is grabbed, the roles switch and the person who was the cat runs away. The key to this game is letting the child be successful in both running and chasing, so don’t try too hard!

Scavenger Hunt: Create an active scavenger hunt around your house or yard. Make a list of items for your kids to find or give them clues to follow. Incorporate physical challenges along the way, like doing five jumping jacks or running in place for 30 seconds. This game combines movement, problem-solving, and excitement. For some more ideas about scavenger hunts in the community, check out the Autumn or Nature scavenger hunts.

Remember, the most important aspect of playing these games is to have fun and enjoy the time spent together. Adjust the rules and activities based on the age and abilities of your children, and don't forget to join in the excitement yourself. So, grab some energy, get active, and make lasting memories with your kids through these playful and active games!