Active Start At Home!

August 1, 2022

This holiday, Active Cumbria are encouraging families with pre-school children to keep active and have fun together by sharing free activity resources linked to the Active Start Early Years programme.

Each week throughout August, a new activity card designed to help children to be healthy, to learn and be active for life will be available for parents and carers to try out at home. 

The activity cards are designed to be an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide to keeping active whilst having fun and require no or minimal equipment using what you have already within the home.  Activities can be done together as a family indoors or outdoors so even if the weather is a bit grey and damp there’s still plenty to join in with.

Each card highlights the benefits of the activity (Why?) and describes how to introduce the activity to young children (Let’s Play). They also provide additional ideas for extending the activities further to help make them more challenging (Let’s Change Things) so even if children become familiar with an activity there are plenty of ideas provided of how to mix things up to keep the activity fresh and exciting.

We will be sharing the activity cards each Wednesday from 3rd to 31st August on social media so keep an eye out.  And don’t forget to share with us your photos and videos of you trying out the activities at home.  You can like and comment on our Facebook page.  There’s a couple of Active Start Activity Bags up for grabs so please do join in and share your photos and videos and we will enter those that do into a prize draw to win one of two activity bags.

You can find the activity cards in the links below:

Week 1. 3rd August - Wacky Walking

Week 2. 10th August - Look No Hands, No Feet

Week 3. 17th August - Clothes Relay

Week 4. 24th August - Scared Hedgehogs

Week 5. 31st August - Twig Pick Up

Active Start is a programme created to inspire and increase activity levels in the early years through activity and active play. It helps children to be healthy, to learn and be active for life.  Free training and free resources are available for practitioners working in an Early Years settings. You can find out more here.