Most parents we know see the value in getting young kids’ bodies moving, although the exact motivation varies from establishing healthy habits, to getting ready to rock the soccer field, or just guaranteeing a good night's sleep. No matter the reason, developing motor skills and balance are critical for developing children. Plus, it really gets exciting when we can connect movement with play and inspire development of imagination and even language.
How do you do it? Start by leveraging a fantastic story—we love Going on a Bear Hunt. Then, lay out your own series of obstacles that you can tie into the story. Lastly, live the story and ham it up! Kids will get as much physical challenge as you offer, get lost in the fun and beg to bear hunt again and again.
By combining those physical challenges with pretending, you not only make this really fun, but you make it memorable while helping kids develop their imaginations.
This is also an easy game to play anytime. As kids get older, they can play this with friends at recess or during free time. Or, when your family plays again, kids can start to lead the game by imagining and inventing new obstacles for the family!