Wild West kids!
Making fitness and the outdoors fun
Providing you with FREE resources to get your kids active and outdoors. Feel free to pick, rearrange, and modify these activities! We provide ideas to start the creative process. Calendar is updated each Friday with activities for the coming week.
Play catch outside. Using a ball of your choice, practice improving your catching skills! This game can be played with as few as two or as many players as you like. Start close together, almost touching. Count how many catches you can make in a row. Each time you catch the ball, take a step back. Try to get to 10 at least!
Play at a local park playground or school playground after school hours. Need help finding a playground? Click here
Go for a 1 mile walk around the neighborhood. If possible, walk to a destination such as a friend’s house, coffee shop, or park.
Learn how to do a “plank” exercise. This is very good for the whole body and especially the abdominal muscles. Lie flat on the ground on your stomach. Trying to keep your whole body straight like a board, push up so that your arms are straight, holding your body up, and you are up on your toes. Your body should be roughly parallel to the ground. Important parts of the plank: keep your eyes looking directly downward toward the ground, stretch your neck out long like a turtle. Push away from the ground, squeeze your glutes (butt muscles), and draw your belly upward so as not to sag down. Do not allow your glutes to stick up in the air or sag down.
Now turn this into a fun challenge. Have three rounds, and see who can hold a plank position the longest!
100 jumping jacks
For help measuring distances, click here
Saturday, 5/21 Go for a hike in a local nature park and look for Spruce trees. There are many different types of spruce trees. Spruces are conifers (meaning trees that bear cones), and they are often mistakenly called “pines.” Spruces can be identified by their needles: an easy way to remember the identification for spruce is that “Spruce” starts with “S,” and spruce needles are “sharp” and “sided,” two words that start with “S” as well. If you poke your finger with the tip of a spruce needle, you will feel a little bit of a prick. Then, if you pick the needle off, you’ll be able to roll it between your fingers, because the needles have sides. This is different from other needles that may feel more flat and not roll well. Spruce needles also are attached to twigs singularly, meaning only one needle joins the twig at any given spot (pine needles have multiple needles attached in one place.) Need help finding a local nature park? Click here
Finding a local playground: type your address into Google maps, zoom out slightly and look for green areas. Pay attention to park names, and sometimes parks will allow you to click on them or look at pictures. Oftentimes pictures will show a playground. If you want more information, you can also take a park name that you find on google maps and type it into a search engine to find out more. Another option is to simply do a google search for parks or playgrounds in your area. Congrats! You found a new place to play.
How to measure distances:
One option is to measure using your stride. First, measure your stride. An average adult stride is about one meter. Next, pace out the distance. Another option is to use the free app “Map my Run” on your phone: set to measure metric, and pace out the distance using the app. A third option is to use google maps to measure distance from one intersection to the next. You can use this to measure a distance in a straight line or around the outside of a park, block, etc.
Finding a nearby nature park: type your address into Google maps, zoom out slightly and look for green areas, the bigger the better. Usually bigger parks have more “real nature” areas rather than just manicured grass. Another option is to type in “open space”, “national forest,” or “BLM” lands near your town or city into a search engine. All of these types of land are public lands, meaning that they are not owned privately, but open to all people to use (remember to treat the land with respect and not litter!).