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Family Activity Guide, Age-by-Age

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5 to 8 Years

Go Scavenging

Go on a backyard treasure hunt. We like Scaventure Kids, a kit that provides cards and instructions; $19.95 at Or create your own hunt: Make a map and clues that lead explorers to the treasure.

Calories burned in 1 hour (includes 30 minutes of set-up): 256

Roofball, Anyone?

Dream up a wacky game with your kids. One example: roofball. Volley a beach or kick ball onto the roof of your house, and when it rolls off, try to hit it back up again.

Payoff: 192 calories burned in 60 minutes of volleying.

Wacky Noodles!

Have a noodle race in the pool. Pick up buoyant foam water noodles ($4.50 each at, hop into the water, and center them under your bellies. Then swim back and forth across the pool at least five times. Even if your child isn't a completely confident swimmer, the noodle will help keep her above water. (And yes, you should let her win a race or two.) Find other fun pool activities at (search for "water games").

Payoff: 192 calories burned in 30 minutes of swimming.

Go Berry-Picking

Take the kids to a pick-your-own-berries farm. Pluck lots of extras, and when you get home, bake low-fat muffins for everyone.

Calories burned in 2 hours of berry picking and baking: 672

Ride Bikes

Get into biking. Take yours in for a tune-up, and start working to get those training wheels off. For child-safety tips and gear, go to

Calories burned in 30 minutes: 336

Next:  8 to 13 Years


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ritu.randeep wrote:

real good !!!!

7/20/2013 02:03:52 AM Report Abuse
ecjames wrote:

Fit kids definitely = fit adults! My mom had us all play sports - or cheerleading ;) growing up. Now we are making her run a 10K with us in memory of our dad. Check out our blog as we train.

3/25/2012 07:15:04 PM Report Abuse
jfolds4 wrote:

This is great! My family is training for the marine corps marathon right now - in honor of our dad, but also to stay healthy and to keep mom fit! I love this. Check out our blog too

3/13/2012 06:12:10 AM Report Abuse

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