Family & Programmatic Physical Activity Resources for School Closure
We will update this page regularly as we become aware of new resources. Last updated: March 30, 2020.
With all students in King County out of school until April 27, we want to provide some resources to support students and families with both basic needs and physical activity needs:
The Seattle Foundation has a COVID-19 response fund to support community-based organizations.
Seattle Public Schools will have meal distribution centers open from 11am-1pm, Monday-Friday during the closure starting Monday, March 16. Here’s a list of the distribution locations.
Also for youth programs, Aspen Institute’s Project Play has compiled these resources for youth sports programs.
Keeping kids active while they are at home is going to be both tricky and critical for their overall wellness during this time. Here are some resources that might help support families to keep kids active at home. These include apps, videos, websites, google docs, Instagram posts, and Twitter feeds curated mostly through schools and educators.
For Families & Teachers with Younger Kids
- GoNoodle - Videos that encourage physical activity
- Board game fitness - Board games like Chutes & Ladders and Monopoly made into fitness games.
- NFL Resources - The NFL just got in on the educational resource game, including links to NFL Play 60 website and NFL Play 60 app. These are general physical activity and football specific
- Online Physical Education Network - Under the Active Home section there are calendars for PA options—geared towards the primary grades
- PE E-Learn - Great set of resources for students with no internet and limited equipment
- Walkabouts - This early elementary program provides math and literacy lessons integrated with physical activity. They are providing temporary free access for parents and teachers. Lessons also available in Spanish.
- Fitness Calendars for March, April, May - Provide short daily bursts of activity to do at home from phys.ed.review
- Together Counts - At Home - Resources for family wellness; includes Spanish translations.
- Persil Wild Explorers App - 100 outdoor activities for families
- Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunt - Encourages exploration and creative play
- Geocaching - A fun activity for the whole family; can be used to find “caches” in your neighborhood. There are 4,600 Geocaches hidden in Seattle alone
- Photo/Voice Wellness Journal Activity - Six weeks of activities for kids (and adults) to track eight dimensions of wellness
- Collection of video activities - Fun collection of videos, including many “Minute to Win It” ideas; most of these require equipment
- SHAPE America - This page is focused mainly on PE teachers teaching at home, but it also has resources for families (many are translated) and is a clearinghouse for great information on Physical Education in general
- Indoor Games to Play at Home via Playworks
Free Physical Activity Apps & Videos
- Jefit.com - Free sports specific or general workouts
- Freeletics - Custom training program
- Seven - A collection of research-based seven-minute workout
- Pocket Yoga - Yoga workouts that can be done anywhere
- Down Dog - A collection of apps including 7 minutes workouts, HIIT, and beginner yoga
- YMCA 360 - A diverse collection of short (about 15 minute) workout videos for all ages
Adaptive and Inclusive Resources
- Exercise Buddy - Provides an autism-friendly exercise system. It is not free but offers a 14-day free trial
- Heartland Area Education Agency - Has a set of resources for adaptive PE and PA activities - focused for teachers but also useful for families
- National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability - Has a broad range of physical activity videos including for youth in wheelchairs and with autism
- AllTrails: Wheelchair accessible - A good source for finding walking and hiking trails, with a filter for wheelchair accessible.
- Special Olympics Fit 5 Resources - Five different levels of fitness videos; resources translated into four languages
- Physical Activity & Motor Development for Kids by Pink Oatmeal - Facebook page with resources and activities for teachers, parents, and physical therapists
Hiking & Trail Resources
- National parks have waived fees - Not all parks are currently open; check your state’s parks here
- AllTrails - A good source for finding walking and hiking trails near you
- REI Hiking Project - Another source for trails near you
Daily Workouts or Wellness Posts on Instagram / Twitter
- University Prep is sharing daily wellness challenges on Instagram
- High School PE Teacher Kayla Robertson posts creative activities
- Strength & Conditioning specialist Jeremy Frisch posts fun, fundamental movement games/activities
- Project Play Western NY is offering twice daily free play challenges. Posted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
- Volleyball - UW Coach Keegan Cook is providing volleyball tips and tactics on their Twitter account
- Baseball - Driveline baseball is offering a few free resources for athletes including an 8-week throwing program and 6-week hitting program. Register here: https://tracking.drivelinebaseball.com/register
- Basketball - Breakthrough Basketball has a good list of player development drills
- Football - NFL Resources - the NFL's Play 60 website and app. These are general physical activity and football specific
- Also for youth programs, Aspen Institute’s Project Play has compiled these resources for youth sports programs
- Dealing with the Loss of a Season - Thrive
Other Resources for Things to Do with Children and Young Adults
(Credit - Maia Goodman Young)
- Guidelines for gatherings of children and youth while schools are closed
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
- List of at home activities for kids and a sample schedule for a DIY preschool for your child
- Early Childhood Resources from the University of Washington
- Coronavirus quarantine resources for parents and caregivers (from @baebaelove)