Winter movement: 7 activities the whole family can enjoy

By Cara Johnson-Bader

Looking for ways to keep you and your child active during the winter months? Well, we have a few ideas for indoor and outdoor winter movement games and activities. Here are some of our favorites.

Outdoor Winter Movement Games
• Go on a winter-wonder walk. Enhance your walk by playing “I Spy” or make it a silly walk. Gallop like a horse, run like a cheetah, hop like a bunny, etc.
• Enjoy the snow. Make a snowman, snow fort, or snow maze on snowy days. Go sledding, throw snowballs, or make snow angels.
• Chase bubbles. We often think of using bubbles in the warmer weather, but they are just as much fun in the colder weather. If it is cold enough, the bubbles will freeze.
• Explore winter sports. Try a winter activity like snowshoeing, skating, or skiing.

Indoor Winter Movement Activities
• Host a dance party. Turn up the music and dance. Dancing is a wonderful way to get the entire family moving.
• Play movement games. Simon Says, Charades, and Twister are great games to get your family moving.
• Create a Movin’ and Groovin’ Jar. Use the New Horizon Academy Movin’ and Groovin’ Cards to get active.
Instructions

  1. Cut out the Movin’ and Groovin’ cards.
  2. Place the cards in the jar or bowl.
  3. Each player pulls a card from the jar or bowl.
  4. Players should imitate the movement of the animal on the card.

Contact Cara Johnson-Bader at cjohnsonbader@nhacademy.net.

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