A Size 5 Soccer Ball is all you need to get your family together
Looking for ways to keep the kids occupied? Whether it's for a birthday party, Spring break or an evening with the family: all you need is a little creativity to get everyone active and having a great time. There are plenty of fun activities you can do at home!
Activity 1: ping pong play list
You'll need 3 people for this game: 2 players, and 1 DJ. Get the DJ to put on some tunes have the 2 players start their ping pong rally. Without watching the game, the DJ will randomly pause the music at some point, and whoever has the ball on their side when the music stops loses that round. Play up to 10 points and then rotate positions so the DJ can get in on the game and one of the players can take control of the music.
Activity 2: walk the walk!
Get bundled up and head outdoors! Go out for a walk with the faily and take turns calling out different "walking styles" that everyone has to do for at least 10 steps. Get creative and have some fun with it. Need a few ideas to get started? Try "Speed walk!", "Backwards walk!", "Skipping walk!", or "Zombie walk!". You're sure to have a good time--who knows how long you'll end up walking?
Activity 3: young yogis
Introduce your kids to a few basic yoga poses like "tree pose", "chair pose", and "triangle pose". See who can hold each pose the longest without losing their balance.
Next, try to get everyone to participate in a 5-minute SILENT meditation session (good luck)! Even if you don't hit the 5-minute mark, everyone could benefit from some quiet time.
Activity 4: snowy basketball
Count how many shots make it into the baskets by using snowballs as basketballs! Start with small snowballs, then make them bigger and bigger to test your strength and precision. Don't forget your gloves or mittens for this one!
Activity 5: just like in the movies
Get out your favorite costume! Try out your keen eye while dressed up as a famous character. Who will you be: Hawkeye from The Avengers, Katniss from The Hunger Games, Merida from Brave, or Legolas from Lord of the Rings? To really get in the zone, play the movie score in the background.
Activity 6: soccer circuit
Set up a circuit of 3 to 5 stations and set a 1-minute timer on your phone. See how many times you can complete each move before the timer goes off. Here are a few station ideas to get started:
– Zig-zag dribble: Set up a row of small household items and dribble a soccer ball through them in a zig-zag motion. When you reach the end, turn around and head back to the starting line.
– Knees and toes: Bounce a soccer ball off your knees, feet and ankles--anything but your hands! Count how many times you manage to touch the ball before it hits the ground.
– The A-B hop: Set a point A and B (i.e.: kitchen counter to the front door), and hop on one foot from A to B; then hop back on the other foot. See how many times you can go between A and B in 1 minute.