Fun Running Games for Kids
Keen to get your child running more? Then ere are some fun games that can help improve a child's running skills:
1. Red Light, Green Light: This game helps children learn to start and stop quickly. One person is chosen to be the "stoplight" and stands at the finish line, with the other players at the starting line. The stoplight calls out "green light" to signal the players to run, and "red light" to signal them to stop. The first player to reach the stoplight becomes the next stoplight.
2. Relay Races: Relay races can be a fun way for children to practice their running skills while working together as a team. Divide children into two or more teams and have them line up behind the starting line. The first player on each team runs to a designated point and then runs back to tag the next player in line.
3. Follow the Leader: This game is a great way to improve a child's running technique. Choose one child to be the leader and have the other children follow them as they run, jump, skip, and hop. Encourage the children to mimic the leader's movements and try to keep up with them.
4. Obstacle Course: Set up an obstacle course with cones, hula hoops, and other objects for children to run around, jump over, and crawl under. Time the children as they complete the course and challenge them to beat their own times.
5. Tag: Tag is a classic game that can improve a child's running speed and agility. One child is chosen to be "it" and chases the other children, trying to tag them. When a child is tagged, they become "it" and the game continues.
Remember to always prioritise safety and supervise children while they play these games.
Just remember it should always be fun and age specific. Too much impact running can have developmental issues with bone and joint growth. So take it easy and build up, making sure you make it fun.