Keeping Children Physically Active While Social Distancing

Regular exercise is essential for everyone, especially children. Exercise is a proven mood-booster and can help children reduce their stress levels, as well as help to maintain a healthy weight. Social distancing does not have to reduce the opportunity for physical activity among children in Philadelphia. We’ve compiled some resources below to help you keep your children physically active throughout the summer while socially distancing.

Physical Activity & Movement Ideas 

  • Asphalt Green has wealth of socially distant games to help engage children in a variety of spaces. A good game to start off with is “Classy Moves 
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has some great ideas for engaging in physical activity with children by going outside and exploring nature while being socially distant. Find ideas here 
  • Another activity that can be used in bigger spaces or at home is “The Floor is Lava,” which is a great way to get children moving. You can find it here 
  • If you have classroom space, the Online Physical Education Network has developed some fun rock, paper, scissor games for children with social distancing and no equipment required. Check them out here  

#MaskUpPHL: Tips for Helping Children with Mask-Wearing

  • It can be very difficult to get children two years and older accustomed to wearing a mask. The Philadelphia Department of Health has put together these tips to help parents with that process

Fun & Food with Parks & Recreation’s Playstreets 

  • Don’t forget to check out the City of Philadelphia’s Playstreets which has locations all over the city that allow children to play outside as well as providing two nutritious meals for kids

Keep Kids Cool this Summer 

  • As we move further into the summer and temperatures begin to soar, be sure to take advantage of the numerous sprinklers and spray grounds throughout Philadelphia with Parks and Recreation’s interactive map tool to help you find the best spots to stay cool
  • Covid-19 has impacted normal life, but here’s a list to keep you and your family busy in Philadelphia this summer

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