Posted on March 18, 2020
A Letter from our Program Director:
Hello, all! I wanted to take a moment to reach out and express how saddened I along with all of my staff are that our final week of camp has been disturbed. It feels both sad and strange not being able to share final laughs, games, hugs, and goodbyes. Though we are faced with this uncertain time of being home and alone, I wanted to share a little piece of my fit life with you all so that hopefully you have a few more resources and starting places to keep your kids occupied during this time off of school. As a dance teacher and teaching artist, I am faced with the challenge of keeping kids moving every day both in schools and in studios, and here are a few resources that are my tried and true go-tos. I hope that you give them all a try and find one that your child loves!
‘JUST DANCE’ Dance Alongs – All ages!
Music is great for the brain, and dancing brings us all pure joy, so my number one recommendation for staying fit at home is of course, DANCING. The top of my fit list is a playlist of YouTube videos that are all ‘Just Dance’ dance alongs. The YouTube playlist below is just a family friendly starting place. You can search ‘Just Dance’ on Youtube and a slew of options will come up. This activity is obviously even more fun when two or more people dance together, and the more times you do a dance, the more fun it becomes. You’ll be shocked when you’re in the grocery store searching for that precious TP and Livin’ La Vida Loca comes on and you start mindlessly doing the choreography. PLEASE be sure to check out my all-time favorite dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbiRouwvxtw. Pro tip, be the pumpkin. You won’t be disappointed.
|Just Dance K-2 – YouTubeThe Skeleton Dance | Just Dance Kids Game | Halloween Song: Day O | Baby Hazel Rabbitwww.youtube.com|
Cosmic Kids Yoga – Ages 3-6
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a really incredible YouTube channel with a plethora of Yoga videos ranging from 3 minute mindfulness breaks to full hour long yoga sessions. It is so accessible to children of all levels, and the lead character, Jamie, is captivating and lovable. She has story book themes, Star Wars themes, and everything in between. If you’ve got a little one, Cosmic Kids Yoga is a MUST.
‘7M Workout’ App – Ages 7-13
7M Workout is a family friendly app that helps users stay fit every day by guiding you through seven minute workouts! You get to choose whether you want to build muscle or do cardio (obviously, I suggest both/either!), and the app will also allow you to set a reminder on days of the week that you’d like to get a sweat session in so you won’t forget. Workouts can be full body or target one specific body part. The fun part is that you can also create your own seven minute workout by choosing and organizing the movements that the app uses. See if you can create a workout that can challenge your kid and make them guess which muscles they are using . . . and then of course, have them do the same for you! Lastly, we recommend playing your favorite tunes during these seven minutes. It will surely make the time fly and the calories BURN.
That’s all for now! Have fun staying fit and healthy! I’m sending everyone positive energy and a big smile, and I sincerely hope to see you all very soon.
With all my very best,
JoAnna . . . or Miss Banana 🙂
Fun apps to check out for kids and adults!
There are many free apps that are out there along with ones that cost a little for upgrades. At Pitt’s Kids we have used several fun apps for various things and have just used the free ones.
3-6 year olds check out an app called “GoNoodle Kids”. It’s a fantastic app that the kids can sing, dance, and do different fun moves to while they follow along. We have used this several times as warm up activities for our 3-6 year olds! Here is the link.
5-14 years old check out an app called “PE Games”. It breaks down games into categories and allows you to pick what kind of games you are looking for. There are a lot of silly games in this. I would check out cooperative games, and reaction games as these can all be adapted for small spaces and are fun and silly for all to play!
7-14 years a fun interactive app for education is IMuscle which allows the kids to break down the muscles of the body and click on them. Once they click on them they can see the different exercises and movements that that muscle does for the body. It’s a super interesting app that I think the parents would love to see as well! Especial since you will be doing in home fitness!
All Ages: Check out “Icebreaker pro” and “sworkit” apps. Icebreaker pro is an easy one to use. It generates fun easy to use icebreakers for you. It’s simple and quick and can get the family moving and be fun! Sworkit is one that we like to use for our warmups with the older groups but can be used at any age. It is a fitness app so parents join in!! You put in what kind of workout you want to do for how long and it takes you through it!
Some other apps that I won’t get into too much detail about are also fun to explore.
Coaches eye – videoing app to take side by side videos
Salad Maker- just a funny app that you can teach little ones how to build a salad
Tag – different tag games to play