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Move It, Move It!

January 5, 2018
OVParent

According to the education advocates at Brain Balance Achievement Centers, it's easy to forsake being active during the cold months of the year. But in children with difficulties - especially in those with ADHD - movement is crucial to burn energy and keep symptoms under control.

Here are 5 surprising ways to keep your kids moving this winter:

1: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

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We've all played this classic game, but it doubles as an aerobic activity for your child. Hey, crossing the floor "un-burned" is no easy feat.

2: DANCE IT OUT

Make a playlist full of up-tempo songs to get both you and your child off the couch - and, for extra child-parent bonding, fill it with the child's favorite songs.

3: GET INTO MARTIAL ARTS

Kung fu and tae kwon do give children structured environments that encourage mental focus and well as physical development.

4: SIMON SAYS...WORK OUT

Tailor what "Simon Says" to how much energy your child needs to burn off. Simon can tell your child to do gentle yoga, but he can also have her run around the house.

5: PLAY HORSE OR HOPSCOTCH

Both of these games encourage children to exercise their coordination while working on their comprehension - hopscotch challenges children to identify numbers, while the basketball game Horse uses letters. In winter, a hopscotch court can be created indoors using masking tape to mark out the squares, and Horse could be played with a trash can and an "indoor"?balls, such as a ping pong ball, tennis ball or beach ball. Even a wadded up piece of paper will work!

 
 

 

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