Active Learning for Winter

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tink9702's picture
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Active Learning for Winter

So winter is dragging on here still. Sad DS is starting to get antsy and needs to be more physically active!

What physical skills do you work on with your kids indoors or outdoors to teach better coordination or skills? We do dancing and I want to get outside more if the weather gets nicer to practice kicking a soccer ball. I'm also thinking of a swim class for him. Any quick indoor activities that you do with your kids? Also, how do you teach a child to skip??! LOL! he's mastered running and jumping but can't seem to get skipping! Maybe he's too young though?!

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On a visit, I taught my granddaughter (3 1/2) the very basics of hopscotch. (She was learning her numbers) She loved it! It was work at first though. She has a swing in the basement and a tunnel as well. They do lots of outdoor exercise too with walks in the ravine with the dog, etc. They would like to find more time to work on ice skating with her. There are arenas where they can go for that, but getting the troops organized is a big deal.
I think dancing is great though! Kicking a ball, and throwing balls are both good for coordination. Boys like skipping rope when they are small...before society makes them think it is only for girls! Here are some rhymes: Jump rope rhymes and songs for Children | Buy Jump Ropes Personally, I think clapping or jumping to rhymes and songs is a great thing to do.

AlyssaEimers's picture
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This is not one of my strong points. For next year I am looking into a homeschool PE class.

tink9702's picture
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Great ideas thanks! Never even thought of jump rope!

PE is an area I also struggle with (other than just heading to the nearest playground). And during the winter it's harder with snow on the ground. We do go play in the snow also, but some days are just too cold you know!

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Here's what Leo and Ivy made with their Daddy the other day... It's the entire family, including Indy the dog. FUN in the cold.
The hats are mitts, lids, and a kitchen strainer. Eyes are cloves, pepper corns, allspice. Indy Dog’s ears and tail are leaves, and whiskers are seed-head of a carrot. Teaching everyone to love the cold is a good idea I think! After all, they live where winter lasts forever.

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How fun! It does not snow here, so playing in the snow is out.

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Winter is a great time for nature walks and such. Not quite as active as some of the other ideas, but a good way to incorporate academics into physical activity.

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Good idea on the nature walk. We did take a walk today. The kids enjoyed throwing pebbles into the stream. I showed them that pine cones and leaves float while the rocks sink. DS really loved it! Smile Plus it was actually in the 40 degree area today so much warmer than it had been. It rained this afternoon so very glad we got out when it was nicer.

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We dont usually have weather issues, but we are home a lot just because it's difficult to go places with this crazy crew! A roll of masking tape works wonders for indoor gross motor games! Just make shapes, lines, numbers, roads, whatever you want on the floor and the kids love it! We also do karate, which is great because it's always indoors and it really wears them out!