Homeschool Backyard PE – Keeping Kids Active in the Garden



Keeping kids active in the garden – Homeschool Backyard PE is a paid collaborative post with Wickey. We are currently living in unprecedented times and with the UK in virtual lockdown having a garden or a backyard is an amazing resource and we are going to find it playing outside a vital part of our day to day lives. So here are some fabulous way to get the kids exercising in the garden or backyard and fun ways to keep kids active in the garden.

Homeschool Backyard PE - Keeping Kids Active in the Garden

Getting outside and in the fresh air is so important and exercise and outdoor play is a key area for children. I always used to say my boys were like dogs and they needed lots of exercises, praise and good food.

Slip and slide

Outdoor play will not only provide much-needed freedom and vitamin D for kids but hopefully also some quieter time for adults who are trying to balance everything in this trying time. It is also a great way to unplug and outdoor exercise and play is likely to lead to even more imaginative play.

Climbing Frame - Homeschool Backyard PE - Keeping Kids Active in the Garden

One of the best purchases that we made (well our family made as grandparents and other members chipped in) was an outdoor climbing frame with an attached swing set. They got so much use out of it and then we passed it on to another family. Both of the families either side of us have climbing frames and swing sets.

Homeschool Backyard PE - Keeping Kids Active in the Garden

Keeping Kids Active in the Garden – Homeschool Backgard PE

Garden or backyard PE activities can be super simple, such as garden tag, or even a water fight when the weather is good, or you could even join in with Jo Wicks or one of Andy’s Wild Workouts (perfect for younger children) but instead of doing it inside get outside and get the sun on the skin.

Over 30 Easy and Fun Homeschool Backyard PE Ideas

Over 30 Easy and Fun Homeschool Backyard PE Ideas
  1. Walk a Dog
  2. Backyard Trampoline
  3. Lawn Twister Game
  4. Basketball
  5. Hula hoop Activities – think outside of the box
  6. Jump rope workout
  7. Garden Football – if you don’t have a goal try marking one out on the fence with chalk.
  8. Play in the garden with a climbing frame
  9. Backyard Olympics
  10. Gardening
  11. Garden Cricket
  12. Pool Noodle Obstacle Course
  13. Garden Badminton
  14. Ninja Warrior Style Obstacle Course
  15. Garden Tennis
  16. 15 Animal Walks 
  17. Play Frisbee
  18. Balloon Tennis
  19. Play Catch
  20. Backyard Circuits
  21. Outdoor Yoga
  22. Family Acrobatics
  23. Hold a Handstand Contest
  24. Hula Hoop Croquet
  25. Create a crawling net (with rope and tent pegs)
  26. Duck Duck Goose
  27. Human Ring Toss
  28. Obstacle Courses
  29. Tug-O-War
  30. Make a backyard Geocache
  31. Have a Pillow Fight
  32. Backyard Scavenger Hunt 
We are currently living in unprecedented times and with the UK in virtual lockdown having a garden or a backyard is an amazing resource and we are going to find it playing outside a vital part of our day to day lives.  So here are some fabulous way to get the kids exercising in the garden or backyard and fun ways to keep kids active in the garden.

What activities have I missed? What are you planning on doing with your children to keep them fit and healthy over the coming months?


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