With winter's snowfalls and natural desire of children to be on the snow, in the snow all over the snow, opportunities to explore movement skills as well as engage children's energies abound.
The chances to improve fitness through physical activities that thrive in snow include:
- Ice skating
- Exploring the snow with forming shapes
- Experiencing the snow's properties: packable, toss-able, easy to move
With a few extras: sleds or sliding tubes, cardboard scraps, skates, a caregiver and a kid can find fun and improve their fitness.
The simple joy of sledding brings the benefits of repetitive hiking up a hill, toting a sled while experiencing the thrills of steering downhill on a suitable safe site.
The skills and equipment are often barriers to actually doing winter activities. So let's think broadly and adapt some fun to a simple form indoors.
With the goals of trying some out-of-doors activities in your own homes, find some of these items:
- newspapers, paper plates, cones, carpet squares, long boxes [rose box] pictures of these activities: sledding, skating, snowshoeing.
Ask the children what is the name of this season. Discuss that scientific changes happen in winter: cold, slippery surfaces, snowfall, ice formation.
have the children take twopaper plates, on for each foot. Skate around the room. Set up cones and have the kdis skate forward, backward, or sideward. Use music that is light and inspires children to move. Tell the children they are now going to crack some ice in the puddles.
Then everyone gets off their skates and the skates become 'magic' ice puddles. When you say "Ice Breaker", they children must see how many puddles they can jump on: to break the ice, being careful not to slip.
Using carpet squares or 1/2 of a newspaper sheet. Working in pairs, one child sleds while the other child gently pushes. The sledder can use feet and arms to move the 'sled'.
Using either rose boxes or carpet squares, pairs of children work together to synchronize their feet and move forward.
Simple fun! Indoors or out-of-doors...just be there, with your kids and listen to their demands: "Watch me!"
If you or someone you know, wants to guide children's ability development: look at The Kidskills Movement and Sports Training series of Manuals for an easy to do progressive curriculum of tasks that will give kids that: "I Can Do That!" confidence.