Hello Forest ~
Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year. We hope everyone had an amazing, safe summer. Its definitely been a crazy and challenging time, but we are "Forest Strong", and we will get through this pandemic.
Mr. Ball and Mrs. Valley are trying our best to keep up with technology, provide different lessons/resources to stay physically active and create an environment that is safe for all. We are thrilled that we have our gym back. Due to Covid, we are required to stay at least 3' away from each other, and we must wear our masks at all times. Mr. Ball and Mrs. Valley will be providing mask breaks during classtime, and we will have to be 6' away when we do this.
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15 MINUTE KIDS DANCE FITNESS
JOIN THE CHALLENGE DANCE WORKOUT FOR KIDS
YOGA FOR KIDS
1. Headstands: A great activity for your core muscles and to get blood going to the brain. Kids are often naturals
2. Jump rope: If you have downstairs neighbors who complain, go in the hall or outside your building.
3. Obstacle course: Create a furniture course in your home or take chalk and make a course outside. Add in specific mental or physical challenges to keep them guessing.
4. Wheelbarrow, crab, and bear-walk races: Holding one of these tough positions gives you a real workout.
5. Animal races: Hop like a bunny or frog; squat and waddle like a duck; and so on.
6. Balloon ball: There are endless ways to play with balloons indoors. Try to keep it off the ground or just play catch. Mix it up with balloon tennis – kids can make their own racket by taping a paper towel roll to a paper plate.
7. Follow the leader: Add to the workout with energetic movements such as jumping, stomping, skipping, galloping, and squatting.
8. Dance party: Turn on the music and shake your groove thang.
9. Freeze dance: When the music stops, freeze in your pose, and hold it until the music begins again.
10. Scavenger hunt: Write up clues and hide them around your home. Kids can race to find each clue for a small prize at the end.
11. Jumping jacks/Burpees: Simple but good for coordination and they get your heart going.
12. Parachute: This can be re-created at home with sheets. Each kid takes an end of the sheet and fans it upward while one of you runs underneath.
13. Bubble wrap attack: If you get bubble wrap in the mail, jump on it until it's all popped.
14. Carnival: Set up carnival games such as "Knock Down the Milk Cans" (Tupperware, cans, bottles could be used).
15. Hallway bowling: Fill up water bottles and use any ball you have.
16. Hopscotch: Use chalk or tape to make a game on your floor or outside.
17. Pillow fight: No explanation needed.
18. Sock skating: If you have hardwood or linoleum floors, put on socks to skate around. Try spins, hockey stops, or see who can slide the farthest. Make sure to move the furniture and watch out for splinters on hardwood floors.
19. Bubble bashing: Blow bubbles and let your child try to smash them.
20. Pushover parents: Plant your feet and see if the kids can budge you. If you move your feet, they win. Stand on one foot to make it easier for little kids.
21. Popcorn pushups: Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. Lower yourself down and stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn with each thrust.
22. Minute to Win It Games: – check these out online. There are several games where you need minimal materials/equipment.
23. Penguin Waddle: Place a balloon between your legs (knee area) and have them waddle across the room without dropping it. Make it more challenging for older kids by having them go around a few obstacles. If they drop it, they must go back to the start.
24. Balloon Blow: Set up a “course” and see if you can blow a balloon all the way to the finish line. They will have to do a lot of army crawls working their upper body and core strength along the way.
25. Balloon Foot Balance: For a real challenge, have kids lie on the ground with their legs up in the air and try and balance the balloon on their feet. It is not an easy task and requires a lot of concentration. It’s also a great core workout.
26. Sticky Spider Web: If you have painter’s tape, try to make a web-like design on a doorway opening. You can then give your kids some newspaper to scrunch up and have them throw it at the web or even objects like balloons. You can even have them count how many objects stick versus how many that don’t.
27. Ping Pong Ball Catch: Get out those plastic red Solo cups and a few ping pong balls (or any small object that will fit in the cup). Try to toss the ball or object to a partner and they have to try to catch it in their cup. Start out close together and then keep taking a step backwards to increase the challenge. For a single-player, they can simply throw the ball/object in the air and try and catch it on their own.
28. Cotton Ball Crawl: Try to move a pile of cotton balls from one room to another using a spoon. The feather-weight cotton balls make it easy to fly off if they don’t balance it just right. Remember, you can’t use your hands to keep the cotton ball on the spoon.
29. Mirror, Mirror: Stand face to face with a partner, about one foot apart. One person is designated to perform movements that the other one must attempt to copy. Examples: jumping jacks, run in place, act like a monkey, planks, burpees, balance on one-foot etc… After a few minutes, switch roles.
30. Potato Sack Race: Update this classic by using pillow cases! Have your kids step in and hold it up around their waist, then hop to the finish line.