5 Ways to Encourage Physical Activity This Winter With Your Kids

Little kids being pulled in a sled by father

While it’s easy for your kids to run outside during the summer, it’s much more difficult to keep up that level of activity during the colder months. Temperatures are dropping, which means it’s much more appealing to stay inside and curl up with a blanket. However, there are plenty of fun activities you can do indoors with your family (and a few outdoor ones too). Here are 5 techniques to encourage physical activity with your kids.

1. Dance Party

Crank up the tunes and dance the day away. This is a great activity that you can do right in the comfort of your own home. Make a playlist of your child’s favorite songs on YouTube or Spotify, so you can easily access it whenever. If you’re short on time, listen to the playlist we created on Spotify for National Dance Day. It features some of the most popular songs from Disney soundtracks.

2. Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts can be done outside or inside your home. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go on a walk or hike with the family, looking for pine cones, berries, and animal tracks along the way. Print a couple scavenger hunt sheets and go explore! Laminate the sheets and bring dry erase markers if you want to use them again. Don’t forget to wear warm layers including a hat, gloves and snow pants.

3. Active Video Games

While it’s best to limit screen time for your child, there are healthy options that can be done in a moderate amount. If you have a Nintendo Wii or Kinect for Xbox One, there are plenty of games that simulate activities like tennis, bowling and dancing. You can indulge your kids’ love for video games, while also finding ways to encourage physical activity.

4. Bowling

Bowling is a great activity for the entire family. It gets you moving and encourages a little friendly competition. Whether you live in the St. Paul, Richfield or Inver Grove Heights area, there are many bowling alleys for you to choose from. Check out these family-friendly options depending on your area:

5. Sledding

This classic winter activity can provide hours of fun for those who like playing in the snow. Whether you live next to a large hill or simply pull your kids around in the backyard on their sleds, this is a great way for the whole family to stay active. Remember to bundle your child up before heading outside, so they stay safe and warm.

It’s important for your kids to stay active even on the chilliest of days. Not only does physical activity help brain function, but it also boosts your child’s self-esteem. Now is the time to help your child develop healthy habits that will continue into adulthood. With these helpful ideas, it’ll become easier to find ways to encourage physical activity for your kids, as well as your entire family.  

For more ideas on family-friendly activities, check out our blog, “Fun Fall Activities in Minnesota for the Whole Family.”