Making Indoor Exercise Fun For Kids This Winter!

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Here in Northern Minnesota our Winters get long. Very long. It seems like we have a good six months of Winter and cold, icky weather. Being cooped up inside for that long can be taxing on both Mom and the kids. Kids get bored and they don’t get to wear off all their energy being inside all day. That’s why I get creative and love to find new ways to keep my kids active even when we can’t go outdoors. We just had a long stretch of extreme cold temperatures and we were stuck inside for weeks on end. We came up with some fun ideas and the kids are still asking to do them everyday. These were a big hit with my kids so I had to share! My kids love this fortune teller from Team Kellogg’s! I printed them off and we made them together. I have to admit that I haven’t made a fortune teller since grade school so it was a good thing it included folding instructions! You can print them off too and create them with your kids!

 

Click HERE to download and print your own fortune teller!

Kellogg's Printable Fortune Teller

Once you have folded them they will look like this. Slip your fingers into them and start playing! Each flap opens to reveal a new activity that your kids can perform. My kids loved this and we still play it each day to get them moving. This is a great way to make exercise fun!

Fun and Easy Indoor Exercises For KidsComing up with indoor exercises doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t need any special equipment to do it. Just get creative! My kids love doing indoor exercise activities and they have a blast. Here are some of our favorite ways to get moving:

  • Create an indoor obstacle course with pillows, chairs, benches, pool noodles, whatever you have on hand
  • Lay out bubble wrap and have the kids hop and jump until all the bubbles are popped
  • Have animal races with the kids imitating different animals; Crab walk, slither like a snake, etc
  • Play keep the balloon off the floor and don’t let the balloon touch the floor; bop it, hit it, dive for it

Kellogg's Great Tasting Snacks

Once we are done with our indoor exercises the kids are always looking for a snack. I always have a great snack waiting for them after their activities. They love snacking on Kellogg’s Mini Wheats. They have so many different flavors and we love them all! I also make cereal bars with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Those are a favorite of mine! I make them in the microwave so they are quick and easy too!

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Kellogg's Corn Flake Cereal Bars
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Quick and delicious cereal bars using Kellogg's Corn Flakes
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup margarine or butter
  • 1 package (10 oz. about 40) regular marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Corn Flakes® cereal
Instructions
  1. Melt margarine or butter in microwave safe bowl
  2. Add marshmallows to bowl and stir
  3. Microwave for 60 seconds and stir
  4. Microwave an additional 20 seconds at a time if needed until marshmallows are completely melted
  5. Stir in Kellogg's Corn Flakes until coated
  6. Spread in a greased 8x8 pan

What are some of your favorite ways to get active with your kids indoors? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Comments

  1. I love to execriise with my kids. The snacks looks so yummy!!

  2. Oooh creating an indoor obstacle course would probably be a lot of fun for the little ones!

  3. That fortune teller is so nostalgic of my own childhoon! My kiddos would LOVE that. And doesn’t bubble tape work wonders??? Fantastic tips and I appreciate that your recipe is printable!

  4. We dance. My son and I will turn the music up, and get down with our bad selves. ;) I’ll definitely be making those Corn Flake cereal bars!

  5. I love this. I think I will have to try this with my kids. I think they’d have a lot of fun with it.

  6. We have been struggling with staying active enough this winter. This is great!

  7. Looks like some fun ways to get the kids moving and having fun in the winter!! I think we need to do that right now!

  8. Tracie Trump says:

    I love all the great ideas! Kiddos love to stay active both indoors and outdoors!

  9. Wow, what great ideas! My 3 year old literally runs circles in my living room/kitchen so I am always looking for creative ways to direct his energy.

  10. Great tips, and better than the giant trampoling I had in my living room last year to handle this…lol

  11. My Little kids would love an indoor obstacle course, they certainly need to get some energy out!

  12. Love the indoor obstacle course- and the snacks look super yummy also!

  13. The indoor obstacle course looks great. I think my oldest will love the fortune print out though!

  14. Those are great exercises for kids because they won’t even know they are exercising – just having fun! My girls love to pop bubble wrap, I never thought about having them hop on it! (I use to love those fortune things when I was a kid, I should do one with my daughter.)

  15. We have an almost daily dance party and “chase each other around the house” session which I’m pretty sure burns some decent calories!

  16. I think it’s really important to get kids active and keep them active. Rounding out with healthy snacks is also extremely important!

  17. What a creative idea for cereal!

  18. Now that’s a fun idea!

  19. My kids love to do exercise videos with me, it is fun to exercise together.

  20. Great exercise ideas for kids! WAY better than my current one of OMG go jump on the trampoline and get some of that energy out ;)

  21. never heard of cornflakes cereal bars, they sound very good

  22. Vanessa Wille says:

    OMG bubble wrap. My kids would have to move over to make room for Mommy. So fun!

  23. Now I’m going to have jump on bubble wrap all over my house. Look at what you’ve done!

  24. Great tips–love the bubble wrap idea!! Haha, my kids love that. Yes, winters get hard in the midwest with little kids :/

  25. nicole dz says:

    My kids love playing the keep the balloon off the floor, I use to play this with my brother and sisters as a kid. It’s so funny watching my kids do it now.

  26. vickie couturier says:

    my grandsons love to play monopoly and the winner gets to make the losers do excerizes what ever they say we have to do

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