As most schools and summer camps remain closed or only available online, many parents have to find new ways to keep their children entertained and busy over the summer.
With the county just reinstating some restrictions affecting recreational spaces and other sports clubs and organizations, families with children are finding it hard to stay active and practice outdoor activities while also remaining safe and practicing social distancing. One solution is online classes! We have compiled a list of physical activity resources -that also include our personal age recommendations- for our families to use to encourage physical activity amongst their children.
1. GoNoodle provides great videos that encourage physical movement through the usage of catchy phrases, songs, and silly dance moves. Recommended for preschoolers through 5th grade.
2. Cosmic Kids provides exceptional short (and long) video clips where children can learn yoga. Recommended for preschool through 2nd grade.
3. Kidz Bop has dance-along videos posted on their YouTube channel. Viewers can choose to subscribe to their channel but it is not necessary. This is a helpful resource to use if your child enjoys singing to pop music, and dancing! Recommended for kinder through 5th grade.
4. Glenn Higgins is a personal trainer and health coach who has a YouTube channel called Get Kids Moving. If your child loves superheroes they may love these videos! Recommended for 2nd grade or older (some exercises are a little intense for younger audiences).
5. Joe Wicks is a popular body coach on YouTube. In response to the current health pandemic he has launched a 30 minute online P.E. class, called PE with Joe, for students. Viewers do not need to subscribe to his YouTube channel to view his daily videos. Recommended for 5th through 8th grade. Note: Even parents can join in on the action with Joe Wicks’ P.E. class!
6. DAREBEE is a great option for parents who don’t want their child to have any more screen time! It’s a fitness resource website where you can find tons for posters, fitness plans, exercise diagrams, and so much more! Recommended for middle school and parents.