Lesson

Fun Ways to Get Kids to Move Each Day

Kids will learn how to incorporate fun movement ideas into their daily life.

Objectives

  • Describe how move links to recharge, mood, and food.
  • Describe the benefits of physical activity (e.g., energy, focus, motivation).
  • Plan ways to add physical activity to daily activities.

Lesson Plan

Move is physical activity. To move is to participate in a sport, play, exercise, or do a leisure activity, such as walking. Health experts recommend that youth get at least an hour of physical activity each day, but you do not have to do it all at once! Choosing to move throughout one’s day will benefit both body and brain.

Set The Stage

As a group, ask kids to brainstorm a list of their favorite ways to move their bodies.

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Captivate

Exercises for Kids

Watch the Get Moving in the Classroom video and do the move dance to show fun ways to move each day.

Educate

Fun Ways to Exercise

Highlight the many times, many ways, and many places students can add movement to their day. Make it fun! Kids can:

  • Dance!
  • Play games and create new versions of games.
  • Like to jog? Try running backward!
  • Imitate your favorite animal.
  • Try a new hobby, like fishing or gardening.

Activate

Movement Tips for Kids

Students make their final entry on the Add Move to Your Day printable. They write or draw a choice they can make that will make moving fun!

Encourage students to include several parts of their daily routines, such as brushing teeth, putting on shoes, doing chores, etc.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned how to incorporate fun movement ideas into our daily lives. How can you encourage others to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives?

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Regularly engage in physical activities to enhance body and brain.
  • Standard 2: Analyze Influences 
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Play the fitGame, Daily Moves.

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Put a Little Move in Your Day

Tap your toes along to this catchy tune! Sing about all the fun ways you can move throughout the day.

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