Kids are typically lively by nature, and we, as parents, can make good use of this energy by channeling some of it into play activities that will up our child’s fitness and encourage physical-motor and brain development. The following are a few fun ways to help your child (and you) stay fit!
1. Bubble wonderland
There’s rarely a child who isn’t mesmerized by the sight of bubbles, and who won’t find great joy in watching them get blown, whirl around and disappear “poof” into thin air! Simply find a large open area – your void deck will be just perfect – and a bottle of bubble solution and let the wind be your best friend. You can blow bubbles for your child to catch or let him/her blow them for you! Simply magical!
Check out the Bubble Party at Sentosa Port of Lost Wonder!
2. Skip to my lou
These days, the good old skipping rope is often discarded in favour of new fangled high-tech toys, but there’s no denying that skipping and jumping are great ways to keep fit! You’ll probably still be able to find one in most major toy stores.
3. Hula hoop
Another ‘old school’ toy, but one that’s fun for the whole family! You can compete to see who can keep the hoop in motion for the longest time, or line up a row of hoops for jumping into. Or place the hoop a little distance away (if you have a garden, or again your void deck would do fine) and aim bean bags or small balls into the ‘goal’.
4. Use your imagination
Pretend play is both good for nurturing your child’s creativity and providing entertainment with minimal props. You’re the only ‘prop’ that’s needed as your child will need a role model to emulate! The sky’s the limit with your imagination… some possible scenarios to act out: animals in the zoo, airplanes in the sky, train carriages on a track and, of course, police and thieves.
5. Monkey see monkey do
Once your child can do a basic throw and catch, you can play “monkey” with him and another person. Basically, two of you throw the ball to each other, and the appointed “monkey” tries to intercept it in the middle. You can even roll or kick the ball instead if your child can’t quite throw it yet. Be sure to use a soft rubber ball or something that’s relatively light so no one will get injured in the process!
6. Action songs
There are all kinds of action songs you can do with your kids. And many of these songs can even be educational for little ones, like “Head and shoulders, knees and toes” (body parts) or “Old McDonald” (animal names and sounds). Older kids who enjoy shows like Sesame Street or High 5 will have their own favourite songs from these series that you can latch on to.
7. Indoor playgrounds
Last but not least, don’t miss out on the many indoor playgrounds that are popping up around the island in so many shopping malls these days. Some of these are sheltered, others are on the rooftop; some are dry, some are wet, and some have both wet and dry areas. It’s a great avenue for your kids to let off steam and have some fun, after a long afternoon of shopping with you! Be sure to bring a change of clothes and a towel though, just in case.
You may want to check these indoor playgrounds:
Peek-A-Boo! is a fabulous indoor playground for babies, tots and kids to have fun, active play all day, rain or shine! Parents can come along and chill out at our café! Just bring your laptop and surf wirelessly for free!
Address: 5 Stadium Walk, Leisure Park Kallang, #02-12/13, Singapore 397693 (next to Stadium MRT on the Circle Line)
An enchanting world awaits you at Happy Willow – our little world of fantasy where fairies and elves roam our Play Garden and scurry through our Book Burrow! Whether you are 9 months or 9 years old, there’s much to look forward to at our delightful indoor children’s playground.
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Way B1-06 Fusionopolis Singapore 138632
Tel: 6466 6300
The Polliwogs is Singapore’s Premier Children Recreation and Leisure Centre. Located along the East Coast Beach, it features the largest outdoor inflatable bouncy in Singapore. It has been touted as the most fun and entertaining playground, combining indoor, outdoor, and live entertainment and activities for the whole family.
– The Polliwogs @ Robertson Walk
Address: 11 Unity Street, #02-18/19, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995
Tel: 6737 0982
By Dorothea Chow | Images: The New Age Parents