Looking for fun activity challenges for kids? This post is for you! It’s full of fun printables that you can put into action starting today!
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Do you have a child who is constantly moving, never stopping even to grab a quick bite to eat?
Or, do you have a child who is content to sit for hours and is unmotivated to even try to get involved in anything active?
Maybe you have the child in the middle. One who will shoot a few baskets with friends or play a really fun game of Capture the Flag.
The Inspired Treehouse is full of fun ideas to encourage active bodies and minds, but in today’s world, kids sometimes need a little something extra to get them motivated. So today we’re sharing a few challenges that will get kids excited to move on their own or with their friends!
Pick one of these challenges for kids, print it out, and get moving!
Movement & Activity Challenges for Kids
Come on, you know you love yours and you KNOW your kid wants one too! Do you have a Fitbit or an Apple Watch that you use to track your steps and activity? We think the Garmin VivoFit Jris the perfect option for kids and, in fact, we use a few in our therapy practice to motivate those who have goals addressing endurance. What kid do you know that wouldn’t want to beat mom or dad in the number of steps they take in a day?
Learn more about activity trackers for kids.
10 Days to Conquer
Sometimes kids just want to accomplish that one skill that everyone else is doing – cartwheels, somersaults, the money bars! Kids are extremely motivated by what their peers are doing and, in this case, it can be a good thing! Try our 10 Days to Conquer series that combines several days of mini-workouts designed to work a child up to mastering the big skill. There’s a free printable for each skill!
Have you ever noticed how many tag games there are out there? Ghost tag, Freeze Tag, Cops and Robbers, Duck Duck Goose….the list goes on and on and on. What if you encourage your child to round up some friends or the neighbors on the block every few days to try a new game of tag?!?! I bet that even if they are reluctant at first they will soon be hooked by the fun!
Jump Rope Challenge
Learning how to jump rope is no easy task. But once kids learn how, they realize how many fun ways there are to jump! Bunny hops, firecrackers, twisters and more! Print out these free Jump Rope Cards for kids and set them loose with a super cool jump rope to see how many consecutive jumps they can get or how many more jumps they can get than yesterday!
Core Strength Challenge
A strong core is SO important for kids. Easily capture a child’s attention and encourage participation using visual prompts with this core strengthening exercise program. The playful variations of each exercise will make the challenge a little different each day!
Basketball or Soccer Challenge
Maybe a game with a ball is more up your kiddo’s alley!?! We have some suggestions to keep basketball and soccer interesting too. Try these fun driveway basketball games or this basketball dribble challenge. If kicking the ball is more entertaining, try a series of soccer drills or this cool body soccer game.
Whatever your child’s motivation for movement is, I hope that these suggestions will keep them active, engaged, and eager to be moving their bodies all year long!
Summer Activity Challenge
Make Your Own Challenge for Kids!
Do you have your own fun idea for a movement or other challenge for kids? Print out the blank summer activity challenge for kids page and get started!