Children will do exercises with their parents by choosing number and movement cards out of a pile.
Download and print picture cards (available through the Download Resources link)
Prepare two sets of cards before playing this game with your child. Print and cut out the number cards, mix them up, and turn the stack of cards face down. Then print and cut out the exercise cards, turn this stack of cards face down, and place it next to the first stack. If you wish, you can create your own exercise cards using exercises that feel good and are popular with your family. Now you are ready to play!
Talk to your child about the importance of keeping our bodies moving and active. Good exercise helps build strong muscles and bones. It’s important for everyone to exercise several times a week. Tell your child that today you are going to play a game called Family Fitness! You are going to have two stacks of cards. One stack will have the numbers 1-10 in mixed up order. The other stack will have names of exercises on them.
Let each member of the family have a turn taking one card from the number stack and one card from the exercise stack. Allow your child to identify the number. If they don’t know the number, help them or have an older sibling help them. Then read the number and the exercise cards to find out how many and what exercise to do. For example, if you get the number “4” card and the jumping jacks card, then everyone in the family needs to do four jumping jacks! Play at least three or four rounds.