Recommendations to increase physical activity for children / Game samples

Recommendations To Increase Physical Activity In Children

  1. The total of screen activities such as TV, cinema, video games, and computer use for entertainment purposes should not exceed 2 hours per day
  2. Gifts that encourage physical activity should be chosen for children (skating, jumping rope, cycling)
  3. Children should be allowed to participate in daily housework
  4. Walking, which is safe and possible, should be preferred. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator should be recommended and encouraged
  5. Children should be encouraged to engage in outdoor activities before homework and after school. Children should be allowed to play outside
  6. Recreation opportunities of the place should be investigated
  1. In cases where it is necessary to stay home, such as during the COVID -19 pandemic, children can be encouraged with online videos to engage in sports activities, dance activities, or creative activities such as making action movies at home and creating obstacle courses with household items
  2. Instead of watching TV or playing games on the computer, meals should be eaten with the family
  3. Meals should be planned and food choices made in advance
  4. Fast-food and sugary drinks should not be kept at home
  5. No food should ever be used as a reward
  6. Creative games that teach children about healthy and unhealthy foods can be played
  7. The whole family should adopt an active lifestyle (for example, preferring to walk in public transport, park the car a little further from the workplace)
  1. Parents should also set an example for the child by doing regular physical activities suitable for their age and body characteristics. In this respect, pieces of training can be given to improve the health literacy of parents
  2. It should not be forgotten that the activities should be fun and oriented towards the child’s interests for the child to want to do a physical activity the next day
  3. It should not be forgotten that the earlier the physical activity habit is instilled in children, the stronger the foundation for an active lifestyle can be created
  4. It is possible to go as a family to places where young people can be active, such as parks, baseball, football or basketball fields

Game Examples

Corner Catch: Children are divided into groups. Square areas are drawn. A child is placed in each corner of the square. One children is “it” in each square. Individuals try to move without being caught by the child designated as “it” in the middle. The displacement takes place at the command of whoever is “it”. If the person who is “it” grabs one of the corners during the change, the child, he/she, grabbed becomes “it” instead of him/her

Hopscotch: One to eight squares are drawn consecutively on the ground. The child jumps on one foot to the eighth square without stepping on the stone thrown to the first square and returns to the first square by jumping with one foot. He/she takes the piece and exits the square without pressing the line. The game continues until the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th squares. If the child throws the stone out of the square or steps on the line with his foot, he is eliminated, and the game’s turn passes to his/her friend

Hide and seek: A person is chosen as a “mother/it”; it turns around and closes her eyes. He/she counts to 10 and turns around. Meanwhile, the other children had been hiding. Whoever is “it” tries to find the hiding place of the other children. He/she tags the person by saying that he/she caught them, and those who are caught become “it.”

Drop The Handkerchief: Someone is “it”. The other children circle and crouch on the floor. Whoever is “it” walks around singing and jumping, with a handkerchief in their hand, after the children who are crouching. The song is: I sell oil, I sell honey, My master is dead, I sell. My master’s color is yellow. If I sell it, it is fifteen liras. Lily, luly, Turn around and take a good look. At one point in the song, whoever is “it” drops the handkerchief behind one of the children. The crouching children join the song by banging their hands and singing. If the crouching child realizes that a handkerchief has been left behind, they immediately grab the handkerchief. He/she chases the girl/boy walking around the circle in the same direction, and if he/she catches up, he/she hits him on the back with a handkerchief. Then he/she starts the game to hide the handkerchief. If the crouching child does not notice the handkerchief behind him/her, when   “it” comes up to him and completes the tour, takes the handkerchief and hits the handkerchief on the back of the child on the ground, and makes the other child “it” by giving him/her the handkerchief

Stop: Children form a circle. To start the game, one of the children becomes “it”. Whoever is “it” tosses the ball into the air by saying the name of one of his/her friends. If the named child catches the ball in the air while the ball is falling to the ground, he throws the ball into the air again by saying someone else’s name. The child who could not keep the ball in the air when his/her name was called, yells “Stop!”. Runaway children are supposed to freeze wherever they are the moment they hear the word “Stop!”. In this case, “it” tries to hit one of his/her friends with the ball. The hit child loses one point and becomes “it”. The child who is hit three times is given a name. The game continues until the last unnamed child remains

Dodgeball: Children are divided into two equal groups. The group that will start the game is determined. The “it” group is lined up at a certain distance from each other. The other group is located in the middle. While the “it” group is throwing the ball to each other, the group in the middle tries to avoid the ball and not to touch the ball. Whoever touches the ball is out. They keep hitting the ball until there are no children left in the middle. When all players are hit, the other group enters the middle

Kids Bowling: Children are divided into groups of two or three. Each group lines up behind the designated line. Water-filled plastic bottles are arranged at a certain distance to the Groups. Children are asked to knock over the plastic bottles with the balls given to them. The team that finishes knocking down their bottles first gets a round of applause

Musical Ground Grab Game: A music is chosen for the game. Every child has a place. Whoever is “it” waits in the middle. The teacher or the person running the game starts the music and makes children walk, dance, slide, etc. Meanwhile, the music is suddenly stopped. Each child tries to sit down. Whoever is “it” tries to get a place for himself/herself while they are sitting. The one who cannot take a seat is the new tagged person

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