Protein Power Moves

Physical activity doesn’t always have to be an organized sport. While organized sports are fun for the whole family to play, sometimes the weather may be unfavorable or you may not have enough people for a game. When you don’t have time or convenient access to the equipment needed to play a structured activity, try activities … Read More


Child Development

Recent research shows that our brains don’t finish developing until around age 25.¹ Children’s emotional, physical, mental, and social skills develop tremendously as they get older. Many developmental skills can be improved through physical activity. Find your child’s age below and try the corresponding activities with your child. These activities can help your child grow … Read More


Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek is a fun game for all ages. Toddlers can learn object permanence (the concept that objects are still there even if we can’t observe them with our senses), while teens may enjoy Hide and Seek for the challenge of finding the best place to hide. As with any physical activity, safety is … Read More


Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs is an exciting game you can play inside, and running to get to a chair counts towards your children’s 60 minutes of physical activity! You can play with as many people as you’d like, but you’ll need at least 4 people–1 person to control the music and 3 players. Set out chairs in a circle, … Read More


Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light is a great way to get young children running! Simply jogging on a track can be boring for children, but Red Light, Green Light turns running into a fun game. It can also help children understand the meaning of the different colors on traffic lights. You’ll need at least 3 players, … Read More


Red Rover

Red Rover is a fun outdoors game for larger groups of children (at least 6). Children should divide into two equal teams (for example, with a group of 6, each team should have 3 players each) and stand about 30 feet apart. Since a lot of space is needed, children should play Red Rover outside. … Read More


Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a great way to exercise and make your heart work hard. People in countries all over the world jump rope as a way to stay fit and healthy. There’s even an event at the Olympics for jump rope! It’s also a great activity for both children and adults, making it a fun … Read More


Simon Says

Simon Says is a great game for kids of all ages because you can include easier or more difficult movements as appropriate. Also, there’s no minimum or maximum number of participants, so no matter how big your family is, everyone can play! You can even play inside or outside–whichever your children prefer. Choose one person … Read More


Roller Skating

Roller skating and roller blading (also called inline skating) are fun activities for children to learn when they’re old enough. Roller skates have 4 wheels arranged in two side-by-side pairs, while roller blades/inline skates have 4 wheels in a row. Roller skates are usually used on an indoor rink and roller blades outside, though you … Read More


Hula Hoop

Hula hooping is an inexpensive way to fit in physical activity. If you practice, you’ll not only improve your skills, but you’ll get a great workout! There are many different sizes of hula hoops, so you can choose hoops appropriate for children of all ages and even get one for yourself. After all, activities like … Read More


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