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Some new activities for kids to try out while schools are off


By John Davidson

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Families used to rushing around to swimming lessons and various other classes before lockdown might be wondering how to keep children’s interest and imagination sparked until these things resume.

While parents might not be missing the dashing around after school every night and at the weekends, children are missing out on a variety of activities at the moment – as well as the social side that goes along with them.

Many organisations have now set up online classes that kids can do from home.

Here are a few suggestions for activities that youngsters could try for the first time...

Follow gymnastic classes online – and get the parents involved too!
Follow gymnastic classes online – and get the parents involved too!

Gymnastics

Inverness Gymnastic Club has been offering online video classes through its YouTube channel for all ages from preschool upwards.

It is also sharing workouts and encouraging parents and siblings to get involved on its Facebook page. Visit www.invernessgymnastics.com

Get to grips with orienteering before heading out into the forest.
Get to grips with orienteering before heading out into the forest.

Orienteering

While orienteering events are all off for the time being, youngsters can get a great introduction to the sport with some primary-level lessons.

Scottish Orienteering has provided an introductory course with videos, slides and worksheets to get little ones involved at an early age.

These teach them all about what a map is, and encourage them to draw a map of their own bedroom or garden, before going on to look at orienteering maps.

Find out more at www.scottish-orienteering.org/lets-get-started-orienteering

For the more experienced, a new online version of the sport – lockdown orienteering – tests participants’ skills and knowledge in a series of online challenges. See lockdownorienteering.com

Dance

FitKidz Academy in Inverness is providing live classes and inspirational videos in fitness, yoga and dance through its Facebook and YouTube pages.

Founder Amy Mullen has been recording home videos aiming to educate kids in fitness, nutrition and wellbeing.

See www.facebook.com/FiTkidzAcademy to get involved.


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