I’ve seen it several times in the last couple of days, and it’s still true. When you’re accidentally homeschooling and when working from home has been forced upon you, you’re just doing all you can to keep afloat. It’s reasonable to expect an increase of screen time, but maybe we can make that time be a little more productive with these resources for kids to move those bodies. You likely need a brain break too, and need to move your body with your kids!
We’ve done our level best to compile some great websites, videos and apps that you can use to move those bodies! We also hope you and the kids find some levity in this difficult situation and use this resource list to have fun!
Active Home Resource Center
Our local moms recommend Active Homes . The free website provides parents with “meaningful movement opportunities that progress students toward physical education and social and emotional learning outcomes.”
Beachbody Workouts for Kids
During this time, Beachbody wants to continue helping families stay healthy and sane by offering some fun ways to expend energy together. With schools out and no formal P.E., they have decided to make a selection of Beachbody Kids Workouts free for all to access. Their hope is that you’ll use these workouts to make family fitness fun, move those bodies more, and make working out a part of your daily routine. Check out all their workouts!
Brain Breaks from the Iowa Department of Public Health
This PDF was designed for the classroom, but it’s easily integratable at home. You could for instance, show the kids a Youtube video about a state of your choosing, and then follow the directions on page six.
Center Stage Dance Academy
Currently, this Massachusetts dance studio is offering FREE virtual dance classes. They are streaming them to their YouTube channel where you can watch live or the replay. Visit their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.
Cleveland Inner City Ballet Company
Cleveland Inner City Ballet Company is also offering FREE virtual dance classes. You can take their classes live on Wednesdays and participate in the replay any time. Their videos can be accessed on their Facebook page.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. The woman doing these videos is adorable, but you’re going to have to really move your body to keep up with her! Go to the YouTube channel.
Debbie Doo Kids TV
Debbie Doo TV where you will move, learn, dance, sing and most importantly have FUN! Here you will find original music written by Debbie Doo such as worldwide favorites ‘Let’s Star Jump’ and ‘Roll Your Hands’ plus all your favorite nursery rhymes and childhood classics all performed in the unique Debbie Doo way to encourage you to move those bodies. Visit the YouTube channel.
Disney Family Will Help You to Get Those Bodies Moving!
Fluency & Fitness
Fluency & Fitness® is typically used in classrooms for review purposes, but they are giving families 21 days of FREE unlimited access to their site during school closures due to the Coronavirus. Your access to the content will simply expire after this time period. Of course, if you love this, you can always sign up for a plan later. Make using this site even more enjoyable by joining in along with your child! Sign up here for your temporary free account.
GoNoodle is a favorite of classroom teachers because they offer free mindfulness and movement videos created by child development experts. Try it out at home: GoNoodle for Families.
Group Hiit- Free Kids Workouts
Short, fun workouts to burn energy and increase strength, and easy to fit into our nonexistent schedules. If there is a movement your child cannot complete, swap it for something simpler like jumping jacks. Access these seven free workouts and have a great time!
Have Fun Teaching
Have Fun Teaching, with over 1 billion views, has been helping teachers and kids for over 10 years. Here you’ll find free worksheets, songs, videos, and resources for teachers, parents, and kids!
Hy-Vee Kids Fit
Hy-Vee KidsFit challenges are perfect for at-home workouts. To help support kids and families at this time, they have launched Hy-Vee KidsFit At Home which will include a new online 15- to 20-minute workout video every day, seven days a week at 9 a.m. They’re also posting new “30 Days of Play” activity ideas every day on social media.
Iowa Healthiest State
IowaHealthiestState.com has a great PDF that not only has a fitness tracker to help you note how well you were moving your body in the past week, great easy, healthy recipes with succinct clear directions, but also tons of original ideas for clever games and ways to up your movements. It’s in English and Spanish, so you can also practice learning another language while you have fun being fit.
Just Dance- Family Friendly Gaming
This YouTube channel has a ton of dance videos that everyone in the family can have some fun learning and challenging each other with!
As a mission-focused non-profit, Khan Academy’s feels it’s their duty to ensure students keep learning amidst the school closures. They say they also want to support teachers and parents to the best of their ability as we navigate this crisis together. Khan Academy is currently offering daily live streams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help parents and educators best utilize the website’s tools and resources during this time of school closures.
Noodle Loaf is an interactive podcast born from the brain of a music education specialist father and his goofball kids. For about 10 minutes at a time, Noodle Loaf invites the family to join together for some creative fun.
The show is geared for kids 3-9 years old but kids of all ages get into it.
They are bringing the gym to you with their Home Work-Ins free for everyone. Join them again on Facebook Live Tuesday at 7pm ET for another in-home workout because we all know that staying healthy means staying active and moving those bodies.
Sworkit Kids Workouts
Sworkit Kids’ workouts are always free. A parent will need to help get the child registered after completing their first workout, but even without a Sworkit membership, the Kid Workouts can be accessed at no cost. For older students, they also are offering free access to Sworkit. Visit the website, and download the app to your phone.
The Learning Station- Kids Songs and Movement
Learning Station songs filled with active participation, nursery rhymes, brain breaks for the classroom, learning videos, camp songs, dance, holiday songs, action songs, and the very popular move and freeze dance songs for children. Also, it has ESL songs for children combined with music and movement galore! Their channel is geared towards all ages of kids, encouraging them to move those bodies.
Remember, get outside and move those bodies! Go for a walk at the nearest nature area you can find as often as you can. It will improve your mental health more than you will believe!