With colder temperatures and winter just around the corner, our students are less likely to be as physically active as in the other seasons when they can run, bike, and play outside. Yet physical activity is important in so many ways.
Did you know that physical activity has many benefits for our students? Physical activity can:
Develop motor skills
Build teamwork and social skills
Increase attention and concentration
Enhance brain function
Improve student performance on tests and assignments
Burn off “extra” energy
Below are some ways to keep your kids active during the winter months.
Outside activities – be sure to dress for the weather!
Hold a dance competition – kids love to dance so play some lively music and join them
Have a friendly competition – who can do the most jumping jacks? Sit ups? Hall races? Etc.
Blow up balloons and try to keep them in the air or juggle them
Play interactive video games where kids can play virtual basketball, bowling, or other sports
For the adventurous parent
Go swimming at our pool in Sherburn Elementary
Check out the Community Ed activities
Visit the “Go Noodle” site for more active ideas Go Noodle
Even though winter is quickly approaching, don’t let that stop you from being active with your children. Enjoy the joy of the seasons that Minnesota has to offer!
Allison Schmidt, Superintendent