A collection of digital resources designed to keep children active and entertained throughout the Easter break has been launched by Nike and Discovery Education.
The curriculum-aligned content offered in Active Kids Do Better is freely accessible to students both at home and in school, created to get young heart rates pumping via rapid-fire exercises, mini-workout concepts and fun family games.
Among the activities included in the initiative are:
- Spell Check – a hopscotch-style outdoor game that teaches spelling
- Clock Lunges – an indoor activity to help children learn how to tell the time
- Compass Jumps – an indoor activity that helps kids unravel the concept of direction
On top of this, materials include ideas to help parents recreate sports such as tennis or ping pong with everyday household items, even to more mindful activities such as yoga to help boost family wellbeing.
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The Active Kids Do Better initiative itself was launched in 2018 by Olympic sprinter Daryll Neita, and has kept thousands of primary school-aged children from across the UK active over the last three years. Now, with the Easter holidays fast approaching and various COVID-19 restrictions still in place, it’s hoped that these resources will serve as a convenient way to keep young people active while schools are closed once more.
With Sport England’s Active Lives – Children and Young People survey from January showing that, last year, only 45% of primary school students averaged an hour of physical activity each day, it’s clear that the pandemic has negatively impacted what were already fairly low activity levels among UK youth; a study from 2019, for example, published by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), found that primary school children are becoming 17 minutes less active per week with each passing year. The nation’s chief medical officers recommend that children do an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day.
Despite the various challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis, however, the Active Lives survey also found that many parents are spending more time being active together with their children than they were prior to the outbreak.
“Discovery Education is delighted to be working with Nike to make our Active Kids do Better resources available to parents across the UK,” said Howard Lewis, managing director of Discovery Education.
“As the pandemic continues to impact children’s usual activities, these engaging exercises will help parents to introduce fun movement and play into every day,” he added. “Active kids are healthier, happier and show stronger academic performance. Active Kids Do Better makes it easier than ever for families to stay active at this challenging time.”