Sometimes exercise can be so much fun that kids forget it's good for them. Post a personal-challenge chart where kids try to better their own records on the following feats:
- Have kids squeeze a rubber ball between their knees and see how far they can walk without dropping it.
- Place a paper cup filled with tiny bits of paper on a kid's head, then challenge him to see how far he can walk without dropping it. Eventually, to make it more challenging, tell him to turn around or touch his toes without spilling the cup. Or instead of a cup, try balancing a book.
- How many times can your kid touch her toes in one minute? (Be sure she stands all the way up before bending over again!)
- How many times can a kid kick a Hacky Sack and keep it airborne without touching the ground?
- See how many times kids can jump rope without stumbling.
- Have kids run between two set points (such as the top of the driveway to the garage door and back) and count how many laps can be completed in a minute.
- How many rolled-up socks can be tossed from a set point into an empty laundry basket in one minute? If kids get good at this, move the basket farther away.
- Count the number of jumping jacks completed in one minute. Or count sit-ups or push-ups.
- Bouncing ball challenges: How many times can a kid bounce a ball without missing? Or bounce a ball with alternate hands, or off a wall?