7 Quick & Easy Ways To Get Kids Moving

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seven quick and easy ways to get kids moving

I'm preparing for school to get out for the summer… I think all of us parents are.

It's one of my favorite times of the year because the girls are all home and we get to spend more time together. I still have to be able to get some work done and I don't want the girls (especially the little one) just sitting around all day when I'm on the computer so I came up with seven ways to get my kids moving. They are all really easy things that don't seem like exercise to them… just fun!

Here are 7 Quick & Easy Ways To Get Kids Moving 

1. House Runs. We actually call them house runs and we all do them often. We start at the front door and we run around the whole house doing loop after loop. We make it a competition based on speed, like who gets five laps done first, or we set an amount of time, (say ten minutes) and whoever does the most laps in that time wins! PS. The kids always win!

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2. Ice Catches. This is a favorite warm weather activity. We toss a piece of ice back and forth and if you don't catch it, or it melts in your hand you have to do 10 jumping jacks.

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3. Stair crawls. Exactly as it sounds. We crawl up the stairs and carefully walk back down. I'm not sure why they love doing this but they do!

4. Imaginary jump rope. Pretend you have a jump rope and do all sorts of crazy, wild, creative jumps! The kids thing this is crazy fun and it gets quite animated! If you actually have a jump rope you can totally use that too!

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5. Dance party in the kitchen! Or the family room, or really anywhere! We rotate through the kids and let them each pick a song to dance to. 

6. Walk like an animal. Everyone picks an animal and you have to walk around and pretend to be one. This can go on for hours!

7. The movement game. Put different movements on different cards like run, walk, jump, skip etc. and let the kids take turns pulling out a card and doing the movement it says. Bonus points if you let the kids pick and write out the movements.

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. What fun ways to get kids moving! It doesn’t even seem like exercise. My kids always loved to crawl up the stairs when they were little.

  2. It’s a bit chilly pout here in our neck of the woods so we are stuck inside but that doesn’t mean we can sit all day, I made my kids do chores, lol.

  3. These are really fun ideas to get them moving this Summer. I will have to tell my kiddos about these.

  4. Those are great ideas. I surely need those for my son for this summer and there’s no more soccer and school. He needs to do those other than just playing with his iPod. 🙂

  5. It never fails, if the kids are outside someone is going to need a basndaid. They certainly earn those cuts and bruises.

  6. These are great ideas, we are always outside doing activities like riding bikes and going for hikes! I love the walk like an animal idea, thank you for sharing.

  7. This is an awesome post! Thanks for sharing your ideas! I need these to get my kids off the couch! all they want to do is watch TV.

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  9. Our staircase is insanely steep! It’s a workout getting up and down there just a few times. The kids would love to climb it as a contest though.

  10. What a lot of fun the “get the kids moving” ideas present. I haven’t walked like an animal for ages. I love being an elephant or jungle cat. The action cards make activities fun. Good ideas for grand summer fun!

  11. Dance parties are the go to in our house, but I know my 4yo would love a reason to run around the house!

  12. These are great tips and suggestions to get those kids moving. I heard on the radio a few weeks ago that most kids today, aren’t getting enough exercise. I’m guilty with my youngest but I do try to encourage him to go play outside with his siblings as often as possible.

  13. This is such a great post! It’s more fun for kids when they’re active as they will want to take more trips out. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Kids have so much energy. I think its difficult to get them to stay still. This is a great way to have them burn off that energy in a positive way while spending time together and bonding.

  15. These are fun ideas to get the kids moving! We swim all summer long but this year I want to take more walks and bike rides too!

  16. These are great ways to get kids moving. Too many kids are at home in front of a tv or computer. It’s not good. They need to be outside playing and running around.

  17. We started doing some running in our house too, mostly running in place with a timer set. I love being outdoors unless the weather is too hot or cold and then we need to be where the temperature is controlled and being in the south it sure does get hot here some days.

  18. The movement game sounds fun! Would love to try it with my 2 little kids 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  19. Great ideas! Simple yet effective. Sharing with all my friends, they would these tips!

  20. With three little guys between 18 and 42 months, someone and something is ALWAYS moving in our house – hopefully they keep it up all their lives!

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