Skip to Content

Published on January 02, 2018

12 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active When It’s Cold

12 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active When It’s Cold

When it’s cold outside, it’s easy to just sit around inside under a warm blanket and forget all about keeping active. This applies to adults, as well as to children.

It is recommended that kids get 60 minutes of exercise a day – not always an easy thing to do when trapped indoors by the cold. However, if you dress appropriately for the weather – wearing layers to protect your ears, feet and hands, outdoor fitness activities can be fun!

Here are 12 outdoor and indoor ideas for keeping kids active during cold weather:

  1. Take your pet or favorite stuffed animal for a 30-minute walk.
  2. Turn on some tunes and have a family dance party.
  3. March like “Frosty” around your neighborhood or yard.
  4. Leap for joy as high as you can 10 times.
  5. Unplug! Avoid video games, TV and screen time for 24 hours.
  6. Don your hat and gloves, and take a chilly walk.
  7. Play a game of freeze tag with your friends or siblings, running from pose to pose.
  8. Do 30 frosty jumping jacks.
  9. Make 25 snow angels in the air.
  10. Race like the wind around your yard three times.
  11. Don your snuggly socks and skate across the floor for 15 minutes.
  12. Having a relay with your siblings or friends, and race 20 feet to put on hats, scarves, mittens and coats!

Here is a printable sheet with each activity. Color each one as you finish each exercise!

12 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active When It’s Cold

One of the most important things you can do for your family is to keep them moving. Regular exercise is the key to wellness and vitality. It also helps boost the immune system and works off those calories gained during the holidays. Don’t let your kids become coach potatoes this winter. Let’s stay fit!

About the Author