Quick tips - simple games for healthy kids
Coming up with new ideas to keep kids busy can be exhausting. So we’ve put together a list for you to use when you need a bit of inspiration. You can also print it out and put it up in the kitchen for as a reminder.
On a budget
- Have a disco in the lounge with some of your CDs
- Look in charity shops for second-hand board games
- Make a den using some chairs, tables, sheets and towels. Why not have a tea-party in there?
- Make an obstacle course indoors or out. Jump over jumpers and zigzag around shoes
- Get a couple of yo-yos for the kids to keep in their pockets to use when they’re standing about – great for getting their arms going
- Have a catwalk at home and get the kids to parade their favourite clothes for you. Make sure they tidy them away as well though!
- Have a toy and clothes swap party with other families. Get new clothes and games for free!
- Have an indoor picnic
- Get skipping – skipping ropes are cheap and can be great exercise
- Hide and seek – it’s free and fun
15 minute fillers
- Have a race to see which kid can change their outfit the quickest
- Play hide and seek
- Play hopscotch outside
- Make up a dance routine to a song
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- Have a go on a skipping rope
- How long can they keep a hula-hoop going for?
- Grab a broom or stick and have a go at limbo - how low can they go?
- Play catch with a ball
- Ask them to help you with the cooking before dinner
- Get the kids to teach you something new - what did they learn at school today?
- On grass, see how many times you can leap frog over each other
- Starjumps – see who can do the most in a minute, whoever wins get to chose what you play next
- See if they can hop on the spot for 10 minutes
All-day games and activities
- Fill a whole day with family Olympics - 3 legged races, egg & spoon, a sack race or a wheel barrow race. You could even take a picnic, have a barbecue or even better team up with another family!
- Get on your bikes! Taking the kids on a bike ride is heaps of fun and gives the heart and lungs a good work-out too
- Go on a treasure hunt. Plan a route and take clues with you for the kids to guess and get them to lead you to the next stop. You could go via the playground or café
- See what local activities are on. Look in local papers for summer and country fairs to go to
- Take a ball and bat to some open green space and play rounders
Whatever the weather – ideas for wind, rain and snow
- When it’s windy, fly a kite
- Catch the leaves – first one to 20 wins
- Run against the wind
- Have a snowball fight
- Make snowman or giant snowball
- Go sledging
- Play puddle jumping
- Dodge the raindrops
Great activities for kids