Are your kids getting the fidgets, brimming with restless energy? Waiting for Christmas break can be quite the undertaking for young children, especially if cold weather is keeping them indoors. That’s why we want to make sure you have options when it comes to keeping children learning, moving, and having fun! Here are a few indoor ideas for encouraging movement in children during winter months:
This activity should inspire cooperative play, build gross motor skills, and work on children’s ability to follow directions to make snowflakes dance.
Having a parachute ready for children to play with is always a great option to encouragement movement, inspire giggles, and create fun from whatever theme you’re teaching. Cut out a couple of snowflakes and bring in winter properly—with lots of laughter and indoor snowfall! Here’s how:
- Millions of Snowflakes by Mary MacKenna Siddals
- No Two Snowflakes by Sheree Fitch
- Winter’s First Snowflake by Cheri L. Hallwood
What to Do:
- Talk to the children about snowflakes and how they fall.
- Show the children the parachute, and ask them to help lay it out flat on the ground.
- Ask the children to stand around the outside of the parachute, hold it with both hands, and lift it into the air.
- Take out the snowflakes and toss them into the parachute. Invite the children to shake the parachute to make the snowflakes dance.
- Challenge the children by having them move to the left or right while making the snowflakes fall. Or have the children make the snowflakes jump slightly or jump very high.
- Talk with the children about how all of this requires them to work together.
- Have children practice the moves with an empty parachute first. Direct them to move the parachute up, down, fast, slow, high, low, and so on.
Don’t have a parachute? Never fear! Find your own parachute along with related resources here:
Source: Learn Every Day About Seasons
Masking Tape Fun
Tape your floors to create racecar tracks and more for children to play indoors!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to masking tape! Whether it’s taping tic-tac-toe to the floor, taping a track for cars to follow around the house, or creating a hopscotch course, tape is a great way to encourage gross motor skills. Best of all, it doesn’t leave a mess!
Extra: Do your children love cars? Tape three circles to the floor to form a bull’s-eye. Encourage your children to sit the proper distance away and try to roll their cars into the smallest circle. Who can get the closest?
- Blue painter’s tape works best for hardwood floors while masking tape is best for carpets.
Spider Web Obstacle Course
Children will feel like superheroes as they practice balance and dexterity moving through spider webs!
String yarn in different directions to zigzag across your hallway and create the perfect obstacle course for children! Kids will have to get creative as they weave their way through the course trying not to touch the strings. For more resources to build your indoor obstacle course, check out the products below: