Having to stay at home is difficult as we are used to move around freely, go to work, shopping, socializing and taking part in physical activities.  We need to schedule our days with time to work, exercise and then one of the biggest challenges is to keep toddlers and young kids busy.

To put it simply, physical activity and exercise is important for everyone, adolescents, adults and children need to participate in physical activities daily. Regular activities increase life expectancy, there is no magic formula that translates hours of physical activity into hours of life gain, but if you are active you tend to be healthier.

Doing regular exercise and physical activities increase bone density, stability, flexibility and muscle strength. Being fit can reduce the risk of accidental injuries, especially as we get older.  Stronger muscles and better balance mean that you are less likely to slip and fall and stronger bones mean that you are less likely to suffer bone injuries if you should fall.

So, staying active is a crucial part of maintaining good health and wellness.

Kids gets bored very quickly and need to stay active, but most important they should have fun during the lock-down period.  We at First Touch will continue to try help by giving ideas to keep kids occupied and staying active, even indoors.  Here are a few ideas to help kids stay active and enjoy being inside most of the day.

Indoor hopscotch is an old schoolyard favourite and can be an indoor hit as well.  Quick and easy – set up your hopscotch game on any floor surface by using masking tape to form the nine connecting squares.  Boxes 1-3 will be placed in a single line, one on top of the other.  The next two boxes (4,5) will be placed side-by-side, followed by a single box (6), two more boxes (7,8) and the final half-circle “home” base (9).  Next you can use a coin, stone or beanbag.  The first player will throw the marker into square 1 without letting it bounce or touch the lines.  If successful the player will then hop one foot on single squares and two feet on side-by-side squares, avoiding square 1.  The player may rest on “home” before hopping back.  On the way back, he/she picks up the marker on square 1 and if successful lands within the lines, hops of jumps with proper footing, takes another turn and throws it into square 2.  When the player is unsuccessful the next player takes a turn.  Players resume their turns by throwing the marker on the last box played.  The winner is the first player to throw the marker home (9) and smoothly complete the whole course.

Shape Game use masking tape to put a variety of shapes, letter and/or numbers of your floor.  Have your kid stand on the favourite one and give them instructions to follow that will lead them to their next destination, e.g. bear crawl to the square, run to the rectangle or hop like a frog to T.  This game keeps your kid moving but also helps them to learn shapes, numbers and letter.


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