11 Healthy Indoor And Outdoor Games And Activities For Kids

Kids stuck at home on the Covid-19 shutdown? Check out 11 healthy games and activities for kids to do at home – indoor and outdoor ideas included! How to keep your kids healthy and active at home during the Corona Virus school hiatus.

3:55 HEALTHY INDOOR ACTIVITIES

TWISTER GAME LINK: https://amzn.to/3bjzvyP

JUST DANCE VIDEO GAME LINK: https://amzn.to/33t0t48

Most experts agree that children ages 6-17 need at least one hour of moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise everyday. Children and youth who meet this recommendation have been linked to higher levels of fitness, lower body fat, stronger bones and muscles, improved cognition, and reduced symptoms of depression. (https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm)

Typically this requirement is met at school (P.E. and recess), with extra curricular activities, or organized sports after school.

But what about the summer months when the kids are home more often? Or extended breaks from school? Or worse – what if there’s a viral pandemic crippling the country and schools are all on shutdown and all sporting and other recreational events are indefinitely suspended? (I’m looking at you, Corona Virus of 2020)

Well – that’s where this video comes in. As a doctor of physical therapy I understand how important activity is in children. As a father of four (who now has to try to figure out how to homeschool 4 children) I know it’s important for all our sanity that the kids get out an move a little bit!

So that’s why in this video I want to share with you 11 great ideas that you and your children can do to stay healthy, strong, and active at home.

This list is by no means meant to be all-inclusive; these are simply some ideas that work well in my family.

If you have anything you would like to add or other ideas that have worked well for your family – please leave them in a comment down below so we can build this list, create a fun community of ideas, and ultimately help each other out!

11 Healthy Indoor And Outdoor Games And Activities For Kids

OUTDOOR

2:10 OUTDOOR GROUP GAMES

2:24 PLAYING SPORTS

2:34 HIKE/NATURE WALK

2:56 RIDE AROUND (BIKES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, ETC)

3:26 SIDEWALK CHALK (HOPSCOTCH)

INDOOR

3:55 SIMON SAYS

4:18 CHARADES

4:36 LIMBO

4:54 HIDE AND SEEK

5:09 SCAVENGER HUNT

5:29 TWISTER

5:57 INTERACTIVE VIDEO GAMES

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47 Comments

  1. Liz Beth on March 8, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    I don’t have any kids or grandkids but it looks like a lot of fun. I saw your suggestion of the just dance videos and just accessed one. I can imagine with the virus that adults can use it to keep fit while in the house if the gyms are shut (which isn’t a problem for us in our area at the moment though that could change). Maybe using light weights while dancing would add some resistance training with it as well. Thanks for another great bit of information and stay safe. By the way read one of the comments by the lady who lives in Spain. That is so awful that no one can come out of their houses and are actually getting fined if they leave their house. That bit of information amazed me. I didn’t know it was so bad.

  2. Layken Nungester on March 8, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    we play tag on bikes but once the tagged gets within 20 feet of you you’re it

  3. Stephan Wilmes on March 8, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    4 kids, Well done!!!

  4. Paula Huerta on March 8, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    We play indoor hide and seek.

  5. Samantha Moore on March 8, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for your great tips Jared. We live just outside London. Yesterday it was actually Sunny so we got outside and did some Hula Hooping races ( where the hoop spins round one foot as you run ). It was great fun. Plus neck, arm and waist Hulas, of course. I think it provided some hysterical entertainment for the neighbours who were watching form their confined spaces 🤣 oh we also did cartwheels! Quoits is fun too!

  6. Akansha Aggarwal on March 8, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    hey! inam following ur videos regularly…I am frm india…I make tent house out of bedsheets kn different rooms of our house for them.and each tent is a sperate learni g center for them like painting n cooking without fire….

  7. Ana Guerra on March 8, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Hello from Portugal. I don’t have children, but if I did, I would do some activities you have shown here.. Stay home and stay safe everyone!!

  8. Shauna Rop on March 8, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Love the scavenger hunt idea!

  9. Daniel Peat on March 8, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    March…right in the middle of it. I wish! ha

  10. John Barnes on March 8, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    You certainly don’t want them getting any more tightly wound up than they already are, or you could have a riot in your house. Never let the kids fall prey to the dreaded couchpotatoitis. There’s definitely shades of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever to your dancing.

  11. linusnsallyinnc on March 8, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    A pillow & sheets fort in the living room. “Camping” indoors.

  12. Racer Robs RC Hut on March 8, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    A little RC action would be fun to add into the mix 🙂

  13. Kathrine Kerns on March 8, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Looks like so much fun. My boys are 39 and 40 now. But, I still play with my grandchildren. We like to play hopscotch and jump rope too.

  14. Joan Alexandria on March 8, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Not me searching this kind of videos cuz im babysitting a 5 y.o. cousing who is so hyperactive

  15. PA - 05DY 916746 Northwood PS on March 8, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    i know i hate covid 19

  16. Folding Nature on March 8, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Hi 👋 new origami friend here! Origami is great indoor activity for kids and helps brain development and motor skills! Checkout my channel to support ! Let’s stay connected and grow together! I subscribed you ! Hope to see you soon at my channel!

  17. Jovontae Lewis on March 8, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Gonna be nice to look back on when they are older. Love this

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  19. Eulaine Mcintosh on March 8, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    going to share on our county library page…good tips, and reminders of the things we might not remember. Thanks!

  20. Tyson elsayeh on March 8, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Wow…you are so nice to have kids ..and still young😘

  21. Tone and Tighten on March 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    What do you do to keep your kids active at home? Leave me a comment down below as we grow this list of ideas together! Thanks for watching.

  22. steph r on March 8, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Our favorite is having a dance party!

  23. L S on March 8, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Ha haha Loved seeing the screaming kids! They are adorable. Great tips.

  24. Romeena Bibi on March 8, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Your kids are energetic

  25. Megha Joshi on March 8, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I do just dance at school too

  26. Gaurav Solanky on March 8, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing such innovative ideas

  27. Alistair Ross on March 8, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you so much for all your ideas to keep my daughter away from the screeen !

  28. محمد مبخوت on March 8, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you, I like the video that’s funny and cute.

  29. brenda desmarais on March 8, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Play Pirate Treasure Hunt! We have 10 grandchildren and 7 of them are ages 3-10. My husband is C,5-6 quadriplegic so we are as creative as we can be to include him in the activities with the kids. A HUGE hit with the kids is playing Pirates in the house by us hiding my junk jewelry, coins even a few dollars all over the house. I’ve cut up old black tee shirts or workout pants and tie them around their heads to look like pirates. (Hobby Lobby has party favors too such as eye patches, compasses and binoculars) We let them keep the money they find. It’s a lot like hiding and finding Easter eggs in the house but all year round. 😄

  30. Lorna J Bartlett on March 8, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Family matters and take care of us too ! Chuckles 🌎🤧☺️⏳🙏✅🤗

  31. Ramya Padmanabhan on March 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I need to share this with my sisters am sharing it now shared it with my family when is exercises for back and ankles videos coming as my back and ankles are paining soooooooooo much Thanks Ramya

  32. Rajendra Manohar on March 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I like this games very thankyou sir 👌

  33. Jill Rager on March 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Ping pong is great aerobic exercise! Our ping pong table has been getting more use lately! If you have more than four players, "around the world" style can utilized too.

  34. Kristy Paynter on March 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    First of all I have to say your charades and dance moves were great! No judgments here. My oldest son put a game on our tv from his computer. It had a few different kinds from drawing to fill in the blank and true or false. We all connected to the game from our phones or a kindle with the 4 digit code it gave us. Our youngest is learning to read so we took turns letting him choose an answer to type in or pick or even draw on our screen for us. Jack box is the name of the site.

  35. ace lewis on March 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    so fun i think u should try playing dead man or granny or roblox thx just trying to help!!! 🙂

  36. A Woodard on March 9, 2021 at 12:04 am

    You have a beautiful family. Today my Godsons and I worked in the Garden planting Azalea plants and cleaning our garden bed to plant our garden. I also limit their screen time as well as soft drinks. I am lucky that these guys love to make fresh squeezed lemonade.

  37. 3b_balls on March 9, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Can a pinched nerve particularly C7 cause muscle cramps in the Lat, shoulder, triceps and chest?

  38. MICHAEL BELTRE on March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

    ok I not have twister

  39. Masarrat Fatima on March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

    First commesnt

  40. Pretzel 1990 on March 9, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Let’s say we went outside for way more than an hour one day then the next say they don’t go out as much would it be ok?

  41. Ishrat Fatima on March 9, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I’m physical trainer in a private school in pakistan and here due to coved 19 everything is like stuck-up as you know and my kids are too small so please give me some tips that how i can engage them in sports period…???

  42. will vogt on March 9, 2021 at 12:12 am

    We like to go run some laps by the river!!

  43. Just Me on March 9, 2021 at 12:12 am

    What a fun way to exercise with children, Jared!😍😍😍 So creative. You guys are lucky you are allowed to go outside of your homes. We here in Spain we can’t. People are being fined just because they went for a walk to get some air. I live right in front of the beach and it’s even harder to see all that empty promenade and not being able to enjoy it. It’s a good thing, in that sense, that I don’t have kids. I would feel really sorry for them. 😅😅But these are the times we live in and we must abide for the good of all. Stay safe and healthy you all!!!😊😊😊

  44. Marc-André Bergeron on March 9, 2021 at 12:12 am

    GET TO THE POINT!

  45. Rivka Lea Berestov on March 9, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Thank you so much!

  46. Tammy Beaudry on March 9, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Up in Canada here so we still have snow in places so sledding is a big one for us to do outside. Also filling squirt bottles up with water dyed with food colouring to draw on the snow with.

  47. Pradeep Saran Mehra on March 9, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Whatever makes you suggest that your dance moves aren’t ‘commentable’. You’re all there Jared and along with those adorable kids – great fun to watch! Keep practicing those moves and maybe one day you’ll find yourself doing a dance-fitness type of. video. Be assured I’ll be the first one following your steps!!

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