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Hacks To Keep Kids Active At Home This Summer

Andy Hu
During this episode of "Talk of Iowa," we get some tips for keeping kids moving at home this summer. University of Iowa basketball player Jordan Bohannon joins the show toward the end of the podcast.

Team sports may not be an option this summer, but there are a lot of reasons and ways to get moving all the same. Games and activities that keep your body moving are good for your body, your brain and they make you feel good. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, we get some ideas for ways to keep moving at home this summer. Play is great exercise, so get outside and have fun, but if you're looking for something a little more challenging, keep scrolling for some good suggestions. 

Every Tuesday this summer, we’re hosting shows all about learning an adventure for learners of all ages. Here are some ideas to go to Talk of Iowa Summer Sports Camp at home!

Play stairway Plinko!

During this episode of Talk of Iowa, we hear from Clay Eaton. He's an elementary school P.E. teacher from Riverside, and he has come up with some creative ways to keep kids moving at home. 

Go for a run.

Kelly Teeselink from the Eastern Iowa after-school program for girls "Girls On the Run" talks about getting started with running during this podcast. Here's the Girls On the Run 5k training planner!

There are five plans for 5k training to be found in the training planner linked above: 

  1. Walk (all walking)
  2. Walk-Run (a little running sprinkled in with walking)
  3. Run-Walk (a little walking sprinkled in with running
  4. Run (all running)
  5. Advanced Run (for those woh have run half marathons)
Learn to be a better dribbler.

Jordan Bohannon, who plays basketball for the University of Iowa, says its always a good time to practice the small skills that make a good overall player. He's got a bunch of dribbling drills that he practices on his Instagram page. 

        View this post on Instagram                   Day 1, keeping it simple! -Two ball same time -Two ball alternate -Two ball side to side -Two ball yo-yo Do each move 30 seconds to 1 minute, repeat as much times as you want! A post shared by Jordan Bohannon (@jordanbo3) on Apr 7, 2020 at 9:53am PDT
Learn to juggle at home.

Juggling is a stress reducer! It requires cross-body motion and movement and is sometimes recommended as a form of repeitive motion therapy and as a way to help treat anxiety. It's also never a bad time to learn a new party trick. 


Go for a walk and explore your neighborhood.

During an earlier episode of Talk of Iowa Summer Camp,we learned about archaeology. Human stories are intertwined with nature and places, and we can look for evidence of these stories almost anywhere. Plus, searching for these new stories can be a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. With this scavenger hunt BINGO, you will search for clues about places and objects that were created, used or changed by people. Take photos or create drawings of your finds and activities to add to your archaeology field notes and record your observations about those clues. Downloador print your very own field notebookto use at home. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa