Being active isn’t just about feeling stronger, fitter, more energetic and sleeping better. It’s all about having fun! You don’t have to go to the gym to be active – you can take a walk, go cycling or play a game. Remember being active is vital for healthy development and contributes to your quality of life, health and wellbeing as well as your physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY
Here are three Monday Motivational Activities for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | TREASURE HUNT
A treasure hunt is a great way to get everyone moving. Choose an adult or older child to be the Organiser who will hide items somewhere inside or out and write clues for others to find the loot. Maybe they need to crawl across the couch, slide like a snail under a bed, or reach behind a stool. Or, if you’re outside – run to the tree, jump off a tree stump, dig into a hole. Each clue can have words for older kids and pictures for younger ones.
ACTIVITY 2 | PUPPET SHOW
Putting on a puppet show is lots of fun and easy to do – and puppets are really fun and inexpensive to make! All you need are things that you have lying around the house – old socks, tights or other scraps of material. So, go on and get creative and save those old socks from ending up in the bin. For ideas on how to make them check out the following link: https://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/blogs/lost-socks from Love Your Clothes who have put together a FREE Family Materials and Activity Pack.
ACTIVITY 3 | MUSICAL STATUES
Who doesn’t like a good dance? So, put on the music and invite everyone to move around (dancing, hopping, skipping, running) while it is playing. When it stops ask everyone to freeze into a statue. Everyone needs to stay like this until the music starts again. Randomly stop and start the music and try to surprise everyone by varying the type of music played. For some added fun you can introduce streamers, scarves, or hoops.