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Get active together with your family - it's #YourMove

Jonathon Estrin

'The way we spend our time defines who we are'

If Jonathon Estrin was right, we are defined by our excessive sitting and screen time. But, here's the good news - it doesn’t actually take much to get your family on the move, here's some inspiration!

Get creative with your family time

Family time has never been tested more. With excess time at home in 2020 and 2021 it's no wonder we are all relying on screens for entertainment, education and sometimes a break from parenting.

Winter poses a real conundrum, because we need movement during daylight hours desperately, but we are all less inclined to get out and about. If we cast our minds back to the warmer and drier months can you remember just how it felt to be active, on our feet and inclined to move more; it was good wasn't it?

What's stopping you?

If there is one thing to bear in mind in the Autumn and Winter months, it's dressing according to the weather. No one likes a dull and soggy walk, or the idea of getting cold feet, ears or hands. The first step, as any good boy scout would tell you, is BE PREPARED! If the right outdoor clothing is within reach (think warmth, woolies, waterproofs and wellies!), it's easier to get ready in a hurry.

Once you have the basics sorted, and you experience a well prepared outing you are bound to feel better about doing it more often.

Ideas for family activities outdoors

Gathering things in nature for crafting
Why not use your outdoor activities to inspire some creativity indoors! A woodland walk can reap great rewards for getting crafty at home. Try collecting leaves of different colours, twigs, pine cones and moss are all great for collaging. It will help to keep young children motivated as they get moving!

Building dens
If you go down to the woods today, why not try building a fort or a den. Done safely this activity can be a great bonding experience that everyone can take part in. It gets everyone moving, encourages team work, communication and problem solving.

Playground games
Big kids this one is for you. You'll be amazed how quickly you remember the playground favourites of your childhood once you make this a family activity. A round of Stuck-in-the-mud is an instant hit with all ages. If you've forgotten how to play them, or your children haven't learned them yet, here's our top three:

DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE!

This easy to play fun game has grown in popularity with children of all ages. From playgrounds to parties, Scout groups to Brownie meetings - who doesn't love it? Here's how: Sit in a circle and pick a 'challenger' to walk around behind the seated players, as you pass each player tap their head saying 'duck'. Without any prior warning, the 'challenger' will choose someone to tap and say 'goose' to. This player has to get up and race around the circle against the 'challenger'. If the challenger beats the 'goose' back to their vacant spot in the circle, they win and will take their space in the circle, and the 'goose' becomes the new 'challenger'. But, if the 'goose' wins, the 'challenger' must again start their walk around the cirlce and resume tapping!


STUCK IN THE MUD

This fast paced game is a combination of teamwork and running. One or more of the players is required to be ‘it’. The chosen player/s must chase others to tag them, and once caught the players must stand with their arms and legs spread in a star shape. Once 'stuck' you cannot move and must remain on the spot until another player frees you by crawling through your legs or ducking under an outstretched arm. The game can only be won by the chaser if all players are 'stuck' or if it appears impossible for everyone to be caught and a count is taken to form a total to be beaten by the next chaser.

WHAT’S THE TIME MR WOLF?

This classic game is a nostalgic favourite of many a Mum, Dad, Grandmother or Grandfather! Choose one player to be Mr Wolf. All other players stand in a line at the end of the space you are playing in, at the opposite end to Mr Wolf; this is known as ‘home’. Mr Wolf stands with their back to the line of players who then shout ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’ and Mr Wolf chooses a time to respond with. Whatever time is chosen determines the steps the players must move fowards: so 3 'o' clock = 3 steps. Once the wolf thinks the players might be close enough to catch, they shout ‘IT’S DINNER TIME’ in a gruff bellowing voice and run to chase the players until one is caught. If you reach home, you are safe! If you are caught you are Mr Wolf for the next game. 

Thanks to  St Peter's prep for the inspiration!

BUT...The weather outside is frightful!

Ok so there will be days when the weather really is too inclement. What is there to do except lie on the sofa and channel hop? Well…actually there is plenty to do indoors!

Here's our top three ideas  to get you started:
  1. Hide & Seek

    This childhood favourite is actually more fun than you'd think as an adult. If you don't get found hiding in the understairs cupboard, just think of the peaceful 15 minutes you'll get to yourself! With everyone joining in, this game requires lots of moving around to find the best spot to hide and if you take it in turns to seek, you'll find yourself climbing up and downstairs racking up steps without even thinking!

     
  2. Playing interactive games that encourage activity

    Lots of video games now encourage movement. If you are lucky enough to own one of these consoles take advantage of the sports or dance games with options that always have you up on your feet and moving! Alternatively reintroduce some well loved party games to the living room: Musical Statues is a quickfire winner.

     

  3. Kitchen Disco

    It doesn't have to be a party to dance and that's the whole point of a kitchen disco. They are impromptu, have no dress code and don't require an invitation! As long as you have a way to blast out some of your family favourites, and get everyone boogying as they dry the dishes. For inspiration, check out Sophie Ellis-Bextors You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkrQUdi_LpvwGbOcoM9aHg

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