Free Activities to Get Kids Moving

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Posted on 05/03/2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 1980 just 7 percent of children between the ages of 6-11 were considered obese. But now 18 percent fall into that category. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a great time to spread the word about the benefits of being active. Need some ideas for encouraging your kids to move? Check out these free activities.


Free Gymboree Music Class
Help little ones burn off extra energy with a free Gymboree Play and Music class. Print out your coupon for a free class at gymboreeclasses.com. If you like it, sign up for an entire month for $59.

Take the President's Fitness Challenge
Measure your child's muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, speed, agility and flexibility with the five-part Physical Fitness Test. Find free tips at presidentschallenge.org. Children should complete the assessment twice a year. Reward them for improvements.

Get Up and Move Dice
Trying to promote exercise and creative movement? Do what Crystal at Growingajeweledrose.com did for her two little ones. She created a pair of Get-Up-And-Move Dice using empty boxes and chalkboard paint. She wrote an activity on each side of the box so when her daughter rolls them she receives a new get-moving challenge.

Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics
Kids can get active learning how to build things like birdhouses and picture frames through the free Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics. They'll also score a free apron, goggles, patch and more. Sign up at lowesbuildandgrow.com.

Activity Sticks
When Miss Sullard's students get antsy she pulls out her Activity Sticks and sets the timer for 60 seconds. For one minute the kids do whatever the stick says-- jump rope, push-ups or even the Macarena.

By Alison Storm

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