Keeping children physically active has never been more important. Here is a variety of recommended links, videos, and resources for keeping children and young people active at home.
Ideas for a number of different videos, games, activities or challenges, most suitable for 5 – 11 years old.
- School Games Play Formats at home.pdf
- Activity booklet for playground games adapted to be played at home
- Jump Rope UK
- Fun and free skipping skills, challenges, tricks and workout plans for all ages and abilities.
- BBC Super Movers Just for Fun
- Fun follow along videos for children using themes from BBC television programmes and celebrities.
- Youth Sport Trust Personal Challenges
- Short physical activity challenges for a quick activity break. Children can track their scores and practice to improve. Download the full list of challenges from the download list, or visit the webpage for ideas on coming up with your own personal challenges.
- Get Set Tokyo
- 10-minute activities, 30-minute games and holiday activities at home or in the garden all set to the theme of the Tokyo Olympics.
- Daily Mile at home
- Scouts at home
- The world-renowned Scouts association has a range of physical games based on adventure and key life skills that can be done at home.
- UK Active Kids Move Crew
- London Youth Games, Nike, and UK Active Kids have teamed up to develop a programme of daily challenges set by teachers, physical activity specialists, elite athletes, children, and coaches. The challenges were published in summer 2020.
- YST After-school Club
- Youth Sport Trust are delivering follow along physical activity sessions on YouTube. Get involved live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm or view the videos after the fact at any time.
- YST Wonder Woman 1984 activity pack
- Youth Sport Trust have teamed up with DC comics to produce an physical activity resource inspired by Wonder Woman 1984. The resource includes a wide variety of individual and small group activities to get children and families activity as well as support other skills such as courage, strength and teamwork.
- This Is PE
- The Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Association for Physical Education teamed up to create over 30 YouTube videos for progressive PE at home. The videos provide an explaination and demonstration of the tasks to form a PE lesson.
- Complete PE
- Complete PE have created videos for over 30 PE activities and games for use at home. The videos provide an explanation and demonstration of the tasks.
- LYG Virtual Games Sports Challenges
- During the autumn term 2020, London Youth Games released a series of sport-specific personal best challenges covering 10 different sports
- Islington Fundamental Movement Skill Challenges
- During the autumn term 2020, we produced and shared a range of individual personal best challenges for pupils based upon Fundamental Movement skills to support the return and recovery of pupils' physical literacy.
- Stormbreak - mindfulness through movement
- Stormbreak produce a range of short follow along videos and resources for children to explore mindfulness, express feelings and develop mental health skills through physical activities.
Different workouts, challenges or resources, most suitable for young people 11 years plus.
- BBC Get Inspired Workouts
- Short follow along fitness and mobility workout outs led by Team GB athletes.
- Our Parks
- A range of home-exercise workout videos you can do in the home or garden.
- Fitness Blender
- A bank of over 500 free online follow-along workouts, including over 400 that require no equipment. Videos can be filtered by difficulty, training type or fitness goals as well.
- Access to Sports
- The Access to Sports Project is an Islington based sports coaching and education programme for young people. They are running virtual dance, fitness and other sessions on their website.
- Sweaty Betty
- Yoga, mindfulness, dance, and general fitness workouts.
- Virtual fitness classes are available via the 'Better' app. If you are a member with any of the GLL centres you can access these sessions for free.
- This is Secondary PE Activity Cards and Videos
- The Youth Sport Trust, Yorkshire Sport and Association for Physical Education and created and shared a wide variety of sport specific activity cards and videos for secondary PE at home.
- LYG Virtual Games Sports Challenges
- During the autumn term 2020, London Youth Games released a series of sport specific personal best challenges covering 10 different sports.
- LYG Personal Best Fitness Challenges
- For Spring 2021, London Youth Games are sharing a series of individual fitness challenges for young people across London. The challenges are shared every Monday at 9am on their website and social media.
- School Games Personal Best Secondary Sports Challenges
- The Youth Sport Trust has collated and shared a range of personal best sports challenges from across the School Games network aimed at Secondary school students. Challenges include; Athletics, Cricket, Gymnastics, Tri-Golf, Boccia, Football and Tennis.
Sport-specific activities and drills provided by national governing bodies and local sports clubs
- Islington Borough Ladies
- Football drills and skills videos to try at home from Islington Borough Ladies football club and Islington Football development
- Arsenal Player Packs
- Arsenal in the community have produced a range of school materials for children and young people to use at home. The resources are football based and themed to Male, female and legendary Arsenal players.
- Tennis at Home
- The Lawn Tennis Association has developed a bank of tennis games, drills, and activities to keep practicing at home.
- Badminton England's at home campaign for players to keep practicing and playing badminton at home
- Chance to Shine
- Chance to shine have adpated a range of their cricket activities to be played at home. View the YouTube Playlist.
- Chance to shine have also started live at home cricket sessions on YouTube. Wednesdays 2 - 2.45pm or watch any time after recording.
- Or teachers can access the Chance to Shine portal for adapted drills, activities, and games that can be done at home
Physical activity as a family can be a good way for you all to keep active, add one or two of these ideas into your daily routine.
- Change 4 Life 10 minute Shake-ups
- Change 4 Life and Disney have teamed up to create 10 minute Shake Ups and fun physical activity indoor games.
- Disney Dance-a-longs
- Simple choreographed dance routines with a Disney theme to follow along. Includes the Jungle Book, Moana, the little mermaid, and more.
- Nike Active Kids do Better
- Fun physical activity games you can do in the living room for all the family to be active together, using little to no equipment.
- Joe Wicks: PE with Joe
- Follow along with fitness workouts for all the family on YouTube. A new 30-minute workout every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am.
- Daily Mile at Home
- Run, jog or walk for 15 minutes door to door, making sure to follow government guidance. There is also a weekly carousel of challenges.
- Daily Mile Bingo - how many of the challenge boxes can you tick off when doing your Daily Mile
- Daily Mile Bingo Card (PDF)
- YST Family Activities
- Youth Sport Trust have collated a range of Family activities from across the School Games network, including Active Board Games, Garden games and Indoor Games
- Get Set 4 PE Family Activities
- Get Set 4 PE have produced a range of at home family activities covering a range of topics, including ball (or sock) games, creative games, fitness games, fundamental movement skills and tactical games.
A number of the activities and challenges are easily adaptable for any skill or ability. There are also resources available specifically for children and young people with disabilities.
- Change 4 Life accessible activities
- Train like a Jedi
- A physical activity video from Change 4 Life with a Star Wars theme. Train Like a Jedi is on YouTube and therefore may contain advertising for other YouTube videos, we are not recommending that you follow up any of these.
- Daily Mile at Home
- Weekly carousel of challenges for children and families. 15 minutes door-to-door physical activity, suitable for those with disabilities including wheelchairs.
- Daily Mile Bingo - How many challenge boxes can you tick off when doing your Daily Mile
- Daily Mile Bingo Card (PDF)
- Access Sports Inclusive Activities
- Access Sports is a national charity meeting the need to improve children's health and wellbeing and tackling barriers to regular physical activity, with a strong emphasis on young disabled people. The charity has developed a number of inclusive activities and challenges that can be done at home. A new challenge is added weekly.
- Disability Sports Coach Home Activity Programme
- A series of 5 physical activity sessions working on co-ordination, fitness, and balance created by Disability Sports Coach UK
- Special Olympics - School of Strength
- A collection of endurance, strength, and balance follow along fitness videos brought to you by Special Olympics
- Spectrum Bristol Bears Community Foundation
- The Bristol Bears Community Foundation is uploading a weekly timetable of videos to their YouTube channel for activities at home. This includes an exercise routine every Wednesday, a dance routine every Thursday and a physical challenge every Friday.
- SENSE at home Mini-games, Yoga and walks
- The national charity SENSE has produced resources aimed at supporting people with disabilities to be active at home. This includes resources for sensory walks, yoga and mini-games. Each of which include step by step instructions and activity cards.
The School Games Active Championships is a national activity campaign to help young people across the UK to #StayInWorkOut using the video-based app TopYa!.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday there are new sport and physical activity challenges for children to engage with that can be done at home, in school or during daily exercise.
Children practice the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, children can compare their scores with other children nationally and locally through various leaderboards and have the opportunity to build more points, climb the leaderboards, and potentially win prizes!
The TopYa! Active app is committed to online safety and meets rigorous COPPA and GDPR safeguarding standards. This includes limited viewable profile data, no one can communicate within the app, videos are submitted for approval before being uploaded and anyone under 13 needs approval from a parent account.
If you would like to attempt the challenges, but not necessarily download the app, they will be uploaded on a weekly basis. You can set yourself the challenges, record your score then practice and try again at a later date to see if you can improve your score.
- Wastepaper Basketball
- Run and Swing
- Shoulder Taps and modified wall Push-Ups
- Catch and Clap
- Overhand Throw
- Keepy Uppy Challenge
- Jumping Challenge
- Jump, Clap and Catch
- Hand Squash
- Hop, Skip and Jump
- Stand Up Challenge
- Golf Target
- Hit the Beat
- Dance Mat
- Floor is Lava
- Climbing Challenge
- Wibble Wobble
- Sock Drop
- Catch Challenge
- Noughts and Crosses