Active Play, Balance My Day - And Less Screen Time

Increase physical movement through the day in every way. Choose things you LIKE to do for at least 60 minutes of active time most days.

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Activity Idea: How Much Do You Move in a Day?
Description: Kids journal their movements in a day
Grade: 4-8
  • Paper and pencils
  • Whiteboard and dry erase markers


  1. Explain that it is recommended kids get 60 or more minutes of physical activity daily. Yet, how many really get that much?
  2. Explain that starting tomorrow morning and for the next two days, they will be writing down when they move throughout the day to help them get a better understanding of how much they move.
  3. On the whiteboard write out a sample day. For example:
    • Got up in the morning, got dressed and walked down the hall to the kitchen. (1 minute of movement)
    • Sat and ate breakfast. (sat for 8 minutes)
    • Brushed teeth, gathered books and walked to school. (15 minutes walking)
    • Went to class. (sat for 40 minutes)
    • Recess. (played tag for 10 minutes)
    • Back in class. (sat for 40 minutes)
    • Lunch (walked down the hall and stood in line 8 minute then sat for 10 minutes)
    • And so on........
  4. After kids journal their movements for 2 days, have them total up each day and see if they reach 60 minutes or more of movement those days.
  5. If some kids are not getting enough movement, as a class brainstorm ideas to add more movement in the day and write on the board.
  6. Challenge kids to add one or two of the movement suggestions to their day.

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