Farm Animal Dancing Game
This game is appropriate for kids ages 3 to 7. Depending how big your child's toy animals are, a paper grocery bag, a pillowcase, a box, or a laundry basket can make a good barn. Don't let your child play with a plastic bag.
You can play this easy exercise game with your child, too, or a group of kids can play. Take turns picking an animal. Everyone can sing and pretend to be the animal. The key is to get everyone up and moving in this dancing game.
What to Teach Your Child: Moving Is Fun
Your child may not think about exercising yet, but she does think about playing. She can play sitting still, or she can play while she moves. The more you can encourage her to move as she plays, the more active she will be, and the more likely she will be to develop habits that will help her maintain a healthy weight throughout her life.
Of course you don't have to explain all the health benefits of exercise to your young child. You just have to teach your child that moving is fun! Teach him that moving is good for his health. Teach him that he will feel great when he moves every day.
What's the FIT Connection?
Teaching your child to be active every day is part of raising FIT kids. Kids who think moving -- exercise -- is fun are more likely to seek out ways to move. A child who enjoys moving and gets plenty of exercise will also reap benefits in other aspects of a FIT life. An active child will have:
- A greater tendency to make healthy food choices
- The ability to relieve stress in a healthy way
- A more positive body image, which can boost mood and deter unhealthy self-soothing choices like oversleeping, overeating, and withdrawing.