Exercise Toybox: For parents working at home with small kids, try these tricks to create movement opportunities for youngsters!
Sidewalk chalk can be used for outdoor workouts to draw agility ladders, four square or hopscotch, or to create a “balance beam” or mark a path through an elaborate obstacle course. Painter’s tape can be used to mark hardwood floors in the same way.
Household items can be used as weights. Be careful here to ensure that it's not too heavy for the child. Canned veggies, plastic milk cartons and laundry detergent containers may be good options.
Paper or plastic cups can be used to create obstacle courses or relay races.
Pillows can serve as unstable surfaces to incorporate balance exercise.Chairs, tables, boxes, blankets and towels can be used to create tunnels and things to climb over and under as part of indoor obstacle courses.
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