Improving Mobility/Stability At Home: Activities for Kids During Quarantine in Kansas City
25 March 2020 — Lifestyle
With the recent changes you have likely found yourself spending more time at home with your children. Although this can be a stressful time for many, it can also be a time to get the imagination flowing and find new ways to have your child burn off some of that built up energy while improving mobility.
Looking for ways to help improve your child’s mobility? The expert pediatric physical therapists at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic have you covered. Read on to learn a few activities for kids during quarantine in Kansas City.
Activities for infants and toddlers
For infants, adding mobility can be as simple as placing them on their tummies in front of a mirror so they can develop the strength necessary to progress towards crawling and walking. Plus, different textured surfaces throughout your house provide sensory feedback, which can help your child’s development.
For more mobile toddlers, using various objects as obstacles for them to climb over, under, or through (i.e. couch cushions, pillows, or blankets) can be a great activity to get the imaginations flowing and muscles working. If you have a new walker on your hands, try placing clothes or objects in a laundry basket then allow him or her to push the basket down the hall. This helps the child feel independent while gaining strength and stability (it’s also cheaper than buying a walker!).
Activities for children and adolescents
For the older kids, getting outside to play tag, hop scotch, or jump rope can be great energy burners as well as coordination and strength-building activities. If getting outside isn’t an option, there are still plenty of indoor activities for kids during quarantine. In Kansas City (and other large metro areas), a lot of parks become too crowded these days, so online videos such as Cosmic Kids Yoga or GoNoodle can engage your child in fun videos while developing strength, stability, and coordination.
Even a simple game of “pretend the floor is lava” can be challenging, but it’s sure to get every muscle working. You might be wondering, is there a way to play the floor is lava without jumping all over the furniture? Of course! Give your child two small pillows and a goal destination then only allow them to stand on the pillows. That way your child can still have a lot of fun without damaging any of your furniture.
Get the entire family involved
As families are spending more time at home together, it is important to include all members and make it fun by creating family challenges. Here are a few challenges you can easily try at home:
- Who can stand on one leg the longest
- Who can hold a plank the longest
- Who can do the most push ups or sits ups
Truly, there’s no limit, and you can get as creative as you’d like. Now is the perfect time to get the whole family moving and exercising together!
Learn more activities for kids during quarantine with F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic
Our expert team of chiropractors and physical therapists believe that staying active is very important, especially during this hard time. We’re always here to help you find activities for kids during quarantine in Kansas City.
To learn more, you can always contact us or even schedule an appointment if you or your children are having mobility/stability issues.