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Limited Space Activities1

Inclement weather can put a damper on kids' activity, but it shouldn't stop them from getting their daily physical activity. There are many activities children can do inside to get their bodies moving that they are sure to enjoy! Try some of these great options:

  • Read a story and act out the action words
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Build a house or fort (i.e. using loose parts: tables, chairs, blankets, blocks, etc.)
  • Move around the room like zoo, farm, or wild animals
  • Dance to different types of music
  • Free play
  • Follow an obstacle course (e.g., move over, under, around objects)
  • Play simple games:
    • "Hide and Seek"
    • "Follow the Leader"
    • "Simon Says"
    • "Hokey Pokey"
    • "Duck, Duck, Goose"

Kids don't need expensive equipment or a large amount of space to be active indoors! Here is a list of inexpensive equipment that can be used within a limited indoor space:

  • CD player
  • Bubbles
  • Hula hoops
  • Jump ropes
  • Bean bags
  • Balls (foam, soft, blow-up)
  • Hopping ball
  • Blocks
  • Balloons (choking hazard for young children; small balloon fragments after popping)
  • Parachute
  • Hopscotch/yoga mats
  • Low balance beams

You can even take a "fit" field trip! Indoor play/activity venues are great places for kids to be active, have fun and get rid of some extra energy. Try one of the following venues on the next rainy day:

  • Indoor pool or water park
  • Kids gym/fun center
  • Child-friendly museums